a touch from a dancer

the music is the ponderous
jaunty slow-time
of a carnival organ

a pair of bears
upright
dance in a small arena
of children
parents

two shuffled paces
then each raises a hind-leg
leans forward
touches paws with the other

cheek-to-cheek
and mouths open
turn their faces
to the audience

half-skirt and flower hat

yellow baggy overalls

two steps backward
repeat the dance
in slow rotation to the left
a salute to all sections
of the tiny crowd

circuit complete
they stand side-by-side
waggle heads and hands
while an announcer bumbles commentary
into an inexperienced microphone

the show is over

leaving the arena
to the echo of small applause
and little voices
they pass close to where I stand

the female head
all fixed open-mouth smile
and lolling red-cloth tongue
turns over-sized brown button-eyes
towards me

reaches with a paw
to touch my face
before shambling
to the change-room


© Frank Prem, 2008

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7 thoughts on “a touch from a dancer

  1. Great poem! Love the way you express every moment in each stanza. Nice way of portraying things. Gave off a very serene feeling towards the end. Hope to see more from you. Have hope, write on!

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