William Carlos Williams

(17 September 1883 – 4 March 1963 / New Jersey)

The Dance


In Breughel's great picture, The Kermess,
the dancers go round, they go round and
around, the squeal and the blare and the
tweedle of bagpipes, a bugle and fiddles
tipping their bellies, (round as the thick-
sided glasses whose wash they impound)
their hips and their bellies off balance
to turn them. Kicking and rolling about
the Fair Grounds, swinging their butts, those
shanks must be sound to bear up under such
rollicking measures, prance as they dance
in Breughel's great picture, The Kermess

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003
Edited: Thursday, December 25, 2014

Topic of this poem: dance


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