Treasure Island

James Walter Orr

(02, June,1930 / Amarillo, Texas, U.S.A.)

First Dance


I watch from the shadows like some sort of a
Peeping Tom,
while the echoes of the past wash over me like the
gentle waves of a peaceful sea.

I have no conscious wish to watch, but I am paralyzed
by some strange force; held helpless in its grasp,
and I cannot turn my head.

The shame of my weakness burns my face, and washes
down my body, turning my vitals into torches
which light the old fires of what could have been.

What strange fate brought me to this particular place
at this particular time?

What cruel trick of the gods has rolled back the constraint of the years
and pierced the armor of the ages, built up by the passage
of time, like the pearl that forms in the oyster?

I shake my head to clear the cobwebs of the past
and tear myself loose from the fresh heartbreak
that looms, if I fail to heed my mind and turn my head away.

Yet, some message seems to pass from the tortured, sensuous
movements of your dance,
and the projections of another emotion.

With a volition of their own, apart from all my perceived wishes,
my feet take a step forward, and the moonlight strikes my face.

With a casual intensity that could only come from
a preordained script,
your next step carries you into my arms,
and the slow-motion dream of the present takes on
the urgency of the future
as I lead off into our first dance.

Submitted: Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Edited: Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (First Dance by James Walter Orr )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. seriously though, the ending is dope, Mandolyn ...
  2. Performing A Musical, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  3. Separation of the women who resemble sui.., Dr.V.K. Kanniappan
  4. The Light The Night Sows, Walid Lounes Bouzerar
  5. Lasting Sorrow, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  6. Heart condition, Ibrar Siddiqi
  7. A Poet's Echo, Nate Flying Owl
  8. did the clergy man create chaos when the.., Mandolyn ...
  9. Path Of No Resistance, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  10. If Love... The This Follow...., Luis Estable

Poem of the Day

poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

When the hours of Day are numbered,
And the voices of the Night
Wake the better soul, that slumbered,
To a holy, calm delight;

Ere the evening lamps are lighted,
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

 

Trending Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Footsteps of Angels, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  4. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  5. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  6. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  7. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  8. If, Rudyard Kipling
  9. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe
  10. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]