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The Dance

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By Christy MunsonPublished 22 days ago 1 min read
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The Dance
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carved of clay

cut from bone

issued by sea and sultry voiced women

she was born to this

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wildly fluttering hips

small feet with gold coins clanking

heavy bosom heaving

she accepts their stares

spots their sloppy tongues dangling

*

she twirls and slaps the thirst from the soldier’s eyes

without even glancing in his general’s direction

*

she wanders purposefully, distracting

hundreds of hands flung across tables

hopeful

she might weave her dance

in their direction

*

cigars and whiskey fill the men’s mouths

for a time

and all the while

her hands, henna-stained thieves,

begin to touch

without leaving the softest caress

*

the bareness

of her goose-pimpled glistening skin

is as forbidden

as it is arousing

*

the men

come to imagine

her body moving beneath them

all its ripeness

fully displayed

*

and yet

she slips away

mystery, fallacy

an unknowable truth

sheer as fabric, breathing, fluttering,

clinging

whispering

the chase is on

*

she mounts

the stage

taunting,

impossibly close,

impossibly far

*

scented by honey

with peat and saffron and sex

she seduces her way across the room

touching

nothing but air

*

her body is art

working

*

her eyes

never stop exploring

cracks in walls and doorframes

searching for any weakness she might exploit

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Copyright © 03/27/2024 by Christy Munson. All rights reserved.

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  • L.C. Schäfer18 days ago

    I feel inexplicably hot under the collar 🔥 This is beautifully written.

  • Babs Iverson19 days ago

    Amazing & mesmerizing!!! Loved it!!!❤️❤️💕

  • Dana Crandell19 days ago

    Wonderfully imagery! I could feel the seduction. Well done, Christy!

  • Hannah Moore21 days ago

    I got such a lot of visuals from this! I reckon it could take more auditory accompaniment too!

  • Oooo, my favourite part was the henna-stained thieves! Your poem was so beautiful

  • John Cox21 days ago

    As enchanting as Salome dancing before Herod! Beautiful, mysterious and sensual poetry, Christy! Well done!

  • Lindsay Sfara22 days ago

    That was totally mesmerizing. Well done!

  • Nice! Easy to picture!😊💕

  • Some great words, this could be a Top Story, excellent work , making me think of a guitar piece I shared by Al Di Miola, makes me think of a wild dervish

  • Shirley Belk22 days ago

    I love how all this verbs are doing this dance and becoming a seductress who is the smartest person in the room!

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