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The Dance


By Christy MunsonPublished 22 days ago 1 min read
The Dance
Photo by Gianluca Carenza on Unsplash

carved of clay

cut from bone

issued by sea and sultry voiced women

she was born to this


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


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,



the chase is on


she mounts

the stage


impossibly close,

impossibly far


scented by honey

with peat and saffron and sex

she seduces her way across the room


nothing but air


her body is art



her eyes

never stop exploring

cracks in walls and doorframes

searching for any weakness she might exploit


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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