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Updated on November 16, 2010


Whether we are teenagers, Romeo and Juliet, a middle-aged couple or an old couple, there are always those relationships about which the "parents" in our lives will forewarn us, and from which they will try desperately to dissuade us.

We Have Danced

We have danced

Our way into

Each other’s body

Without violation

Without climax,

To a holy place

Beyond our skin,

To a connecting place

One might call the soul.


Well, it is

The soul.


A neurologist

Will say,


You mean oxytocin.”

Yes, bonding.



It’s no oxymoron

That our souls

Are pregnant,

Full-bellied pregnant.

And we all know

One cannot be

A little bit pregnant.


Like unwed children,

Our many “parents”

Keep trying

To send us a-way



And no matter how far

One of us tries to move,

The other follows.


There’s no abortion here,

Let alone adoption.

Those seemingly wise


Perhaps have lost their own way,

Yet to come

Face to face

With that love

Whose seed sometimes falls

On old soil,


Full heartedly,

Ironically pollinated

By the should-bees.


We are old

In comparison to the soothsayers.

We are aging wrinkled travelers.


As treacherous as the road may seem

To some,

It is anything but dangerous

To our tired feet,

To our pounding hearts,

That have once again

Come alive,

Having found

The way



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      Vernon Bradley 

      8 years ago from Yucaipa, California


      Thanks for reading and sharing so personally. You bring up an interesting "thing." Many of us men have an ease with women that we don't have with men, and the same is true for many women. And I see that as problematic for us, including myself. There is something we look to get from women that we can only get from men, because we are men! And women try to get something from men that they can only get from their own kind!! I am glad that reading this stuff triggers some "good" stuff for you, I know, ou didn't say it was good!! I love to dance even if it is by myself!! But it is also awesome to dance with a partner or a group, an ensemble. And I love the metaphor of the dance. The last chapater of my book is "The Dance."

      None of us make any sense, Tom, but it is all good!!!

      Love ya and peace


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      8 years ago from 41042

      Seems to me Vern dancing is where all the craziness started for me. I learned to dance as a young teenager because I saw all the girls dancing and most were dancing with each other and being the horn dog I've always been it seemed like a great way to pick up girls. It WAS, I've always been able to adapt to the needs of women. I think I probably get along with most of them more than some of the guys I hang out with but through the years I've found out the dance wasn't what it was all about, so to speak. I don't know if I made a damn bit of sense here Vern but you have a way of bringing stuff out man. Nice work, as always! Peace!! Tom

    • vrbmft profile imageAUTHOR

      Vernon Bradley 

      8 years ago from Yucaipa, California


      Here and There, north or south!! You get to dance not only today but tomorrow and I get to dance today and yesterday!!

      Thanks for reading and commenting. Obviously, you are not one of those "parents"!


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      Karen Wilton 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Oxytocin, oxymoron? Who cares? Let's dance. The wonders of two bodies moving in rythym to one tune, this is what you promise. We have danced. Let's all dance!

    • vrbmft profile imageAUTHOR

      Vernon Bradley 

      8 years ago from Yucaipa, California


      We have to get you on here as a contributor. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading and commenting.


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      8 years ago

      How beautiful, profound and a eloquent writer


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