Treasure Island

Ben Paynter

(Midwest)

dance quickly now


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Dance, I said to the boy in the glass
Staring back at me with a darkening mask
Dance, I begged, with love and pain
Dance, please dance, oh dance again
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Dance with the moon in the child’s eye
Circling the middle as black as coal
Dance quickly now, its leaving soon
Light of the moon and the child’s soul

Dance with the sun in the child’s laugh
Bouncing round off sinister things
Dance quickly now, with crystal prism
Scattering wisdom, melting wings

Dance with the rain in the child’s tear
Watching the clouds attack then stop
Dance quickly now, the storm has shattered
All that mattered, with a single drop

Dance with the hope in his stuttered speech
Holding it close for a later year
Dance quickly now, before he serves
Nonsense words, in a busted mirror

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Though the moon may spin and the sun revolve
Though love still waits and the rain still falls
Though the child may laugh he glares inside
Exhaling life with a sudden sigh
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Submitted: Monday, January 30, 2006
Edited: Wednesday, December 20, 2006

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  • Anjana Aravind (8/7/2006 11:05:00 PM)

    This changing phase is a bane and a boon at the same time. You have expressed it very beautifully

    Nice poem

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  • Lea Simpson (1/30/2006 7:02:00 PM)

    Sometimes the biggest insult to change, are those things that defiantly remain the same. Damned moon. A beautiful write. (Report) Reply

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