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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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    • Beata Stasak profile imageAUTHOR

      Beata Stasak 

      7 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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      HappyMikeWritter 

      7 years ago

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

    • Beata Stasak profile imageAUTHOR

      Beata Stasak 

      8 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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      Romeos Quill 

      8 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

    • Beata Stasak profile imageAUTHOR

      Beata Stasak 

      8 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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      christianesk 

      8 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 

      8 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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      litsabd 

      8 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.

    • Beata Stasak profile imageAUTHOR

      Beata Stasak 

      8 years ago from Western Australia

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

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      Shannon Henry 

      8 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. :)

    • Beata Stasak profile imageAUTHOR

      Beata Stasak 

      8 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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      Nimra Aijaz 

      8 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 

      8 years ago from Western Australia

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

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      Akhand Pratap SIngh 

      8 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 

      8 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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      Sueswan 

      8 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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      Annie Miller 

      8 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      Lovely!

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      Beata Stasak 

      8 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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      CrisSp 

      8 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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      Sueswan 

      8 years ago

      Hi Beata,

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

      Voted up and sharing

      Take care :)

    • Beata Stasak profile imageAUTHOR

      Beata Stasak 

      8 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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      Devika Primić 

      8 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 

      8 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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      Denizee 

      8 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 

      8 years ago from Western Australia

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

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      Kathi Mirto 

      8 years ago from Fennville

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

    • Beata Stasak profile imageAUTHOR

      Beata Stasak 

      8 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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      Martin Kloess 

      8 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.

    • Beata Stasak profile imageAUTHOR

      Beata Stasak 

      8 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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      Chris Mills 

      8 years ago from Traverse City, MI

      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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      Dora Weithers 

      8 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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