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Dance of a lifetime

Updated on March 9, 2013

They are older now

silver toned, still full of flair they still dance without music their breathing their only sound
silver toned, still full of flair they still dance without music their breathing their only sound
Their move in perfect unision in perfect standing position all children are on their feet as well
Their move in perfect unision in perfect standing position all children are on their feet as well
And yet their perfect movements make them neither look or sound like a happy couple
And yet their perfect movements make them neither look or sound like a happy couple
Open and clear dialogues that depends on equality between them
Open and clear dialogues that depends on 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 pleasantly breezy elan
Although they still move around each other with pleasantly 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
An earnest and intimate she is with his internalised emotion that does not lend itself well to the dynamic forward manner of hers...
An earnest and intimate she is with his internalised emotion that does not lend itself well to the dynamic forward manner of hers...
Spacious room in one corner him in the other corner her
Spacious room in one corner him in the other corner her
Softened inside but his manner is brusque his constant shuffling impatient to win her back.
Softened inside but his manner is brusque his constant shuffling impatient to win her back.
.What a difference it might have made if they had sat down in the middle of that spacious place taken each other arm
.What a difference it might have made if they had sat down in the middle of that spacious place taken each other arm
A knife-sharp rhythmic sound of his opening and closing jaws...
A knife-sharp rhythmic sound of his opening and closing jaws...
an attractive speed and lightness of her footsteps...
an 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 liffed,

tossed,

turned,

caught and thrown

and caught again...





The relationship develops,

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

the breaking point

but survives,

a dance of mutual

dependency,

trapped

in a rectangle of light

each elbowing

for a place

of their own

in 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,

twirls it in a baton

slashes it

twistling through the air

turns it into a weapon.

He moves cautiously back,

picking his camera

from his pocket,

flash bulb

photographing her

repeatedly.





They dance without music

their breathing the only sound,

pouring water

over each other

and sinking

slowly

to the floor,

before he rises

in a panic,

shaking

and lifting up

her apparently lifeless body.





Blackout,

a few minutes

of darkness,

a rich

tantalizing brief moment

of his fear

on her lips.





She then stirs,

tiny fluttering

of her bare feet,

he stands up

and they dance again

with swiftness

and precise control

of their movement

body against the body

like a 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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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      I like the comparison of marriage to a dance. You capture the different stages and moods of life very well. Thanks for this beautiful piece.

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      I was married for 24 years before my wife passed away, and I can recognize the truth in your words here. It is a dance that only gets better if we are willing to keep getting up and dancing again. Thank you for the beautiful words.

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      Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you my fellow hubbers, one step at a time may reveal something close and personal but there is something universal in our dancing whoever we meet, wherever we go....

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Interesting, as it was dancing that saw Arlene and I over hard times. Small wonder we never looked so good as when we were together.

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      Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia

      thank you, my fellow hubber from San Francisco, dancing is very powerful art form that can close the gaps and smooth hard edges....if both are willing to do so...

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Interesting how you used dancing related to the stages couples experience. It's worth it to stick it out! Lovely to read, Kathi

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      Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia

      thanks, Kathi for stopping by, happy it was worthwhile:)

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      Denizee 4 years ago

      Realationships go through seasons as do the months of a year - Very interesting play on words with fantastic imagery that flows down the page allowing the reader to capture the essence of each of their season in life together - It is like a dance; with the steps being either in sync or a slip or two - what remains is the love -

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      Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia

      Beautifully said, Denizee, love it...thank you for stopping by and happy you liked it, sometimes I feel that I am so lost in imagery that people loose track to follow me there...happy you manage to follow my creative thread all the way up to its end:)

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A beautifully presented poem with such lovely photos. A unique way of the way you chose the combination in two people.

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      Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia

      Yes, there are so many combination two close people may interact...endless combinations actually....thank you so much for your thorough comments, all the best my beautiful reader:)... B

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Beata,

      Beautiful. So much can be expressed in dance that cannot be expressed in words.

      Voted up and sharing

      Take care :)

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Brilliant! Love the way you've put a relationship parallel to dancing. The photos alone speaks for itself....lovely!

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      Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia

      thank you, Sue, read your blurb about living in Toronto I am going to visit your beautiful city this July, can not wait:) Take care, dear Sue and all the best:)

      Thank you CrisSp, happy you liked it:)

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      Annie Miller 4 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      Lovely!

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Beata,

      I am happy that you will be visiting Toronto. I know you will enjoy it.

      Take care, dear Beata and all the best:)

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      Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia

      thank you, girls, and all the best:) Of course I will, Sue, I look forward to it:)...B

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      Akhand Pratap SIngh 4 years ago from Lucknow(U.P.) India

      I can say this is the best way you can describe love, relation the dance of love, Oh!! its just beautiful and heart lifting, plus the pictures by the side add to the beauty of poem. beautiful piece :)

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      Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia

      thank you the endless sea, hope your endless inspiration with the words never ends:) B

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      Nimra Aijaz 4 years ago from Steel Town

      Portraying the whole scene as a dance... good vision you have. The best thing that capture my eye and captivated....i stole glances again and again...what wonderful images you have sprayed around it!! Lovely lovely depiction!

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      Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you my fellow hubber, happy that I get you inspired, so let us keep dancing that bittersweet dance of life....B

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      You words bring to mind a ballet telling the story of a couple's journey through life.

      Thank you for the visit to my hubs. Pleasure reading yours. :)

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      Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you for your beautiful comment, happy to have another great hubber friend:) B

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      litsabd 4 years ago

      What a touching hub! I just loved the way you depicted the couple's walk on earth side by side and the final fearless personalities they had become. thank you for such an inspiring piece of writing.

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      Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia

      Happy you liked it litsabd, there are so many ways you can describe couples, two unique individuals trying to match their wants and needs at the end of each day...it is a neverending dance between yes or no or maybe in between:)

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      christianesk 4 years ago from The Global Hamlet

      Dance/ marriage: I'd rather dance only now. Marriage, phew, what a mind-job! Lots of soul mates instead, please.

      This was a very interesting read. Thank you. I enjoyed your comparison.

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      Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia

      I enjoyed your answer too:) Life has is its own bitter and sweet taste so I have to write about both to keep balance....you have to keep balance even in dancing, you know....thank you for stopping by and looking forward to hear from you again:) ....B

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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      A roller-coaster ride of intimate thoughts, and emotions of a two-in-one life, proudly calling attention to the successes and failures, that a relationship can experience at various stages during its demise and progress.An interesting verse.

      Yours Sincerely,

      Romeo's Quill

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      Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you Romeo, so elloquently said my fellow hubber, it looks like you have some experience in long relationships too:) All the best and looking forward to hear from you again:) B

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      HappyMikeWritter 3 years ago

      you are a writer. I love the way you using words to express the urgue of the moment. woow! great poem

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      Beata Stasak 3 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you so much, happy Mike, it is so rewarding to know that people take time to praise you:) Haven't written anything for a while so maybe it is the time...THANK YOU AGAIN..B

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