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The Dance

A Poem

By Susan DownsPublished 2 months ago 1 min read
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The Dance
Photo by Javier Allegue Barros on Unsplash

It’s all become a dance now…

It starts in my mind and moves throughout the limbs of my body.

A move to the left: “Can I start you out with some drinks?”

A twirl to the right: “Are you ready to order?”

I smile, I laugh and as I float to the soda machine, my tables are laughing and talking.

Coffee cups and saucers, and the clinging of great cheer.

The Dance has begun!

Sharing and pulsating,

Walking and passing,

Crunching ice and the balancing act;

Refilling with no spilling…

In the meantime, checking your dance shoe-strings

they gotta stay tight!

Dim light warms the room, as day passes to night,

Quiet somber thoughts through a beer and a book;

First date, last fight,

Contemplation,

A meal before a flight-

It’s all become a dance now…

As I take flight, removing plates; the show ends soon.

No mistakes!

I tip-toe to the back room, that’s my green-room

Checking my costume

For stains-

and my face for lack of them.

This dance has run a very long time

I look to my Council in rhyme:

An invitation to the Ball

I am grateful and I am small,

To have even been able to dance at all.

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  • Fiona Lenzabout a month ago

    Love that you made us feel like we are there with you, beautiful writing

  • Cynthia Fields2 months ago

    Beautiful.

  • Georgenes Medeiros2 months ago

    nice..

  • Annelise Lords2 months ago

    I can't dance, and I am from Jamaica. Lol. I am glad you are able to dance.

  • Kristopher Saim2 months ago

    Love the energy throughout this piece!

  • Neo Natsu2 months ago

    Love it❤️

  • Kimberly 2 months ago

    As a poet I must say this is beautiful

  • Oliver Johnson2 months ago

    Beautiful imagery and associations... I look forwards to reading more!

  • Gabord2 months ago

    Thanks for the update and quick reply. I'll be sure to keep an eye on this thread. https://www.myacpny.me/

  • Julie Shetler2 months ago

    Cute poem!

  • Amy Bell2 months ago

    A poem that is totally related to me. I had done that dance for many years! I loved it, can't wait to read more from you!

  • Personally, I'm not fond of poems. I find them confusing. This poem on the other hand made sense to me and was really good. I wouldn't mide reading more by you.

  • Justin O2 months ago

    Wonderful work... Now I'm dying to write.

  • Jason Basaraba2 months ago

    Been there, did the dance and loved it

  • Eric Brooks2 months ago

    Lovely! I can ‘hear’ the restaurant in your beautiful dance.

  • Satu Myyry2 months ago

    I love it.

  • Shane Harrington 2 months ago

    lol and then I signed in, nice;)

  • i love how lyrical this is, the flow from word to word & idea to idea felt like a dance. thank you

  • A perfect description of working in the restaurant business!

  • Antoinette L Brey2 months ago

    I enjoyed this/ how I feel when things click

  • C. H. Richard2 months ago

    I enjoyed reading. It really is a dance to be a waiter or waitress in a crowded restaurant and definitely an art to getting all customers served. Hearted and subscribed ❤️

  • Good one.

  • Gina B.2 months ago

    Such a sweet way to describe working in hospitality. Brought some joy to my day!

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