Alison Cassidy

Rookie (6th August,1945 / Melbourne, Australia)

An Unlikely Dancer - Poem by Alison Cassidy

I wondered if she had come to the right place
as she stood square
and stocky
before me.

Angela -
grey hair cut short,
mannish square face,
mannish square body
that had, she assured me,
hardly moved before in its life.

She's been coming to class now
for nearly two years.
Never misses.
And although the yoga postures defy a body
that hates to bend,
the music of her soul is gradually
transforming its brittle shell.

This week we danced as mannequins
posing for photographers.

'You know Allie, ' she said afterwards
with mock surprise.
'I've never thought of myself
as a mannequin before! '


Comments about An Unlikely Dancer by Alison Cassidy

  • (11/11/2007 3:57:00 PM)

    Allie, from one who can't dance to save his life this is a delightful poem. I sympathise with poor Angela. I went to dancing lessons for six years and always had the remark 'if you follow Dave you'll never get it.' They were right. I gave up in the end. Top marks and thanks for sharing this my friend.
    David
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  • (10/19/2007 1:47:00 AM)

    Isn't she a half-sister to Quasimodo? (Report)Reply

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  • (8/24/2007 2:25:00 PM)

    This shows the reader how it is possible to overcome appearance and pose and free the inner spirit, leaving the person feeling transformed..
    Awesome lines Alison
    Your work sounds admirable
    take care
    Love duncan X
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  • (8/18/2007 10:05:00 AM)

    The mark of a good teacher - enabling the pupil to shine from their soul... a wonderful piece of observation Allie, eloqently told. Justine x (Report)Reply

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  • (8/17/2007 11:51:00 PM)

    A real life experience keenly observed and nicely described. Enjoyed it.

    Take care
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  • (8/17/2007 5:45:00 PM)

    This resembles me the movie 'Dances with the wolf' (Report)Reply

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  • (8/12/2007 3:28:00 AM)

    Another slice of real-Allie-life finely observed and exquisitely written..... t x (Report)Reply

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  • (8/11/2007 4:53:00 PM)

    Beautiful example of being able to go to meet someone where they are. (Report)Reply

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  • (8/11/2007 4:38:00 PM)

    A rare cut of real life humour. Very funny. Great preparation and caught me napping! Loved it Allie. xxx (Report)Reply

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  • (8/10/2007 10:44:00 PM)

    A lovely poem. A trim elegant and objective account of a human mannequin who springs to life and grace mixed with reflective humor. (Report)Reply

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  • (8/10/2007 2:45:00 PM)

    Yoga. makes me like a pretzel that I remain stuck in until someone comes and literally pulls me apart and than I limp for days.....so the mannequin would be me...unlike the lady, my features are tiny, wrists like a kid, but, just can't do it...Oh and yes the poem is great but of course..........marci. :) ~~~ (Report)Reply

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  • (8/10/2007 1:12:00 PM)

    Apparently, Angela has learned to dance to the music of her soul.What a wonderful poem story. As only you could write it.

    Love,

    Sandra
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  • (8/10/2007 10:43:00 AM)

    This is so heartwarming Allie, thank you for writing it - you always find the poetry where other people don't even think to look.
    Hugs
    Anna xxx
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  • (8/10/2007 8:28:00 AM)

    Good for her to have the courage to come and take your class! A clever poem, Allie. Thanks for sharing it! Ashley xo (Report)Reply

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  • (8/10/2007 5:07:00 AM)

    Oh I love it like I love you, Alison, and there's the reason written down... (Report)Reply

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  • (8/10/2007 5:07:00 AM)

    Very witty, , , I like it...thanks for the smile: O) (Report)Reply

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  • (8/10/2007 4:36:00 AM)

    What a clever ploy - Angela will flourish in your nurturing. Show her the poem! Rgds, Ivan (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, August 10, 2007

Poem Edited: Sunday, March 27, 2011


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