Monday, April 8, 2013

MAGPIE...Prompt #163


                                           WOMAN WITH a TOWEL/ 1898/ Edgar Degas


THANK YOU, Tess...for Magpie Tales...


LA DANSE

You set your sights on me
at La Classe de Danse.
An age ago,
in my partner's grasp,
his hand to my waist,
we finished with a flourish.

The fan in my hand flirted,
resting from an Arabesque.

Your hidden eye
counted the stitches
as I sewed silk ribbons,
like poured cream,
onto my slippers.

Today the daylight
bathes my shoulder.
Allow me a moment
to warm within my reverie.
My hair still red,
falls across my face,
my flesh casts shadows
in its podgy folds.
My foot in secret,
sets en pointe.

There I stand,
feet together at heels,
first position,
before the Promenade.


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28 comments:

gautami tripathy said...

Simply beautiful.....

I am truly amazed how that painting has taken us venturing into new paths...

paint me in many hues, not just black

Helen said...

The Dance ... Lyn, this is incredibly lovely.

Karen S. said...

Lovely words you've put to this rather soul reaching and peaceful photo. Excellent place you have taken my thoughts!

Dick Jones said...

A fine extrapolation from the painting, Lyn. Ekphrasis at its best!

Yvonne Osborne said...

Really nice, how you tied this into the dance, the steps we can't forget. And I love the stanza with the poured cream. Great use of sound and cadence.

Lyn said...

Hi gautami tripathy-
Thank you so much for your kind words...

Lyn said...

Hi Helen-
Thank you..to me she's the Little Ballerina, grown up!

Lyn said...

Hi Karen S.
So glad you enjoyed this..thank you!

Lyn said...

Hi Dick Jones-
A new word for me..guess that's what I did, a dramatic description of a work of art..got it right, huh? Thank you!!

Lyn said...

Hi Yvonne-
I love that you felt the beat! Thank you...

Brian Miller said...

ah you know i rather love the danse...being married to the dancer....and dance can def be rather sensual...lovley write...

Lyn said...

Hi again, gautami...
I must be a robot..tried 8 times to post comment on your site..not accepted! Love your poem, first thoughts! Want you to know!!

Lyn said...

Hi Brian-
For me life/ dance, same thing...you too, huh? Lucky guy...Thanks so much for your thoughts...

dori said...

It seems to be just the beginning, as if we're inside her head with her, waiting for more tales to unfold. Like this narrative just goes on and on, and everything revolves around this dance...

Beautiful, worthy of many reads again and again.

Lyn said...

Hi dori-
Yes, in her head! She's the dancer, still posing for Degas after all these years..thank you so much!!

izzy said...

I love the references to ballet! especially the ribbon and en pointe!

Karen S. said...

Such vision with each new line, a lovely read to dance the day alive! I especially liked this-

Your hidden eye
counted the stitches
as I sewed silk ribbons,
like poured cream,
onto my slippers.

Such Tenderness!

Berowne said...

Graceful, fine, elegant. Beautifully done.

Kutamun said...

It does take 2 to Tango , thank goodness

Tess Kincaid said...

Interesting take Lyn...always a treat...although I think she looks anything but podgy...

Lyn said...

Hi Tess-
Podgy, but with affection!! Thank you, Tess!!

~T~ said...

Lovely! I like the dance setting. The poem flows like silk ribbons...

mindlovemisery said...

A work of art =)

Lyn said...

Hi ~T~
Always the dance for me! Thanks so much!

Lyn said...

Hi mindlovemisery-
Love your comment...thanks!

Lyn said...

Hi ~T~, again-
Loved your nature walk..my comment won't be accepted..so???

Theresa Milstein said...

Interesting direction. You gave us dance instead of bath. Refreshing change!

Lyn said...

Hi Theresa-
Welcome...I guess once a dancer, always a dancer...still posing for the "master", after all these years!!...thanks...

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