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Dance of a lifetime

Updated on April 23, 2020
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Beata works as a qualified primary school teacher, a councillor for drug and alcohol addiction and a farm caretaker for organic olive grow.

They are older now

They are older now Silver toned, still full of flair
They are older now Silver toned, still full of flair
They still dance without music . Their breathing the only sound
They still dance without music . Their breathing the only sound
They move in perfect unison. The children are on their feet as well
They move in perfect unison. The children are on their feet as well
And yet their perfect movements make them neither look nor sound like a happy couple
And yet their perfect movements make them neither look nor sound like a happy couple
Open and clear dialogue depends on the equality between them
Open and clear dialogue depends on the equality between them
Frequently they break off into solo flights
Frequently they break off into solo flights
Although they still move around each other with breezy elan
Although they still move around each other with breezy elan
One wondering why they could not have aimed for more affection and love
One wondering why they could not have aimed for more affection and love
As earnest and intimate as she is
As earnest and intimate as she is
And he with his internalised emotion that does not lend itself well to the dynamic forward manner of hers...
And he with his internalised emotion that does not lend itself well to the dynamic forward manner of hers...
She in one corner of the spacious room and he in the other
She in one corner of the spacious room and he in the other
Softened inside but his manner brusque, he shuffles constantly, impatient to win her back.
Softened inside but his manner brusque, he shuffles constantly, impatient to win her back.
What a difference it might have made if they had sat down in the middle of that spacious place and taken each other's arm
What a difference it might have made if they had sat down in the middle of that spacious place and taken each other's arm
The knife-sharp rhythmic sound of his opening and closing jaws...
The knife-sharp rhythmic sound of his opening and closing jaws...
The attractive speed and lightness of her footsteps...
The attractive speed and lightness of her footsteps...
He watches her quietly disappearing behind the closing door.
He watches her quietly disappearing behind the closing door.

One step at a time

They dance without music
Their breathing the only sound
She is lifted
tossed
turned
caught and thrown
and caught again...

The relationship develops
And deteriorates
and recovers
among crying babies
and laughing children
They call them mum and dad

They keep dancing
with their pillows
then lie
with their heads
on them
to make love

More sinisterly
later on
they turn the pillowslips
into blindfolding hoods
Their battle ends
with a hug

They dance without music
Their breathing the only sound

A feverish dance
of a relationship
that nears
breaking point
but survives

A dance of mutual
dependency
trapped
in a rectangle of light
each elbowing
for a place
of their own
in the well deserved
spotlight

Falling apart
and coming together
everyday
in this endless
dance of a lifetime

She is on all four
skittering around
like some crushable insect
She rolls
lies on her back

He runs to her
She picks up a brass rod
and twirls it like a baton
Slashing it
and twisting it through the air

Turning it into a weapon
He moves cautiously back
Picking his camera
from his pocket
And flash photographing her
repeatedly

They dance without music
Their breathing the only sound
Water pouring
over each other
Sinking slowly
to the floor
before he rises
in a panic
Shaking
and lifting up
her apparently lifeless body
Blacked out

A few minutes
of darkness
A rich
tantalising brief moment
of his fear
on her lips
She then stirs
A tiny fluttering
of her bare feet

He stands up
and they dance again
with swiftness
and precise control
of their movements

Body against body
like clockwork
Under her bare hands
she feels
his fearless physicality

Her eyes full
of dazzling
intense
energy
and yearning
for expressive plasticity

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