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Terpsichore – revised

“A work is never completed except by some accident such as weariness, satisfaction, the need to deliver, or death: for, in relation to who or what is making it, it can only be one stage in a series of inner transformations”

Paul Valery

Who am I to argue with so great a person as M Valery?
Here is the revised (I hope improved) version.


You may think I’m not a dancer
because my feet stay firmly on the floor
as the dancers bend themselves
into the shapes of the sounds

I am the one frozen on the fringe
my head and feet in different countries
too far apart for any but
the simplest communication

but I am possessed by the music
the rhythms reach inside me
the sounds, the patterns
set a thousand feelings into motion

As the music moves
my heart moves with it
swaying, trembling
like a willow dancing in the wind



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