Alison Cassidy

Dancing The Music

When I was small
I learned the piano.
I didn't practice,
I didn't have to.
It was so easy.

When I was eight
I played in a concert.
I was super confident,
I 'froze' half-way through.
I nearly died!

I practiced and practiced
'till I got very good.
I was school pianist,
I sat for exams,
I always got honors.

When I left school,
I stopped the piano.
No time to practice.
I bought recordings
and listened to them.

Now I'm older,
I've learned to dance.
I don't practice
I don't have to.
It's so easy.

Poem Submitted: Friday, June 30, 2006
Poem Edited: Thursday, August 12, 2010

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  • Jasper Pane (7/28/2009 10:31:00 PM)

    Allie...this...you are so lovely. I wanted to dance
    my way through this, with the mother of their
    words...you.

    You...and your writing are very special.
    I thank you for all that you have given me...
    given all who read your work.

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  • Robert Howard (7/1/2007 9:51:00 PM)

    The shift between stanzas two and three articulates a fundamental truth about performance preparation. Unsatisfactory performances motivate practice because failure is so disagreeable.

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  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjrFrank James Ryan Jr...fjr (9/2/2006 7:41:00 PM)

    LOVE THE RHYTHM, ALMOST DIRGE-LIKE, AS IT SOLEMNLY CHRONICLES THE PAST IN PROSE-LIKE VERSE...VERY DIFFERENT & ABSTRACT, WHICH IS MY MAIN FLAVOUR, & DEFINITIVELY EXPRESSED....SUPERB WORK, ALLIE
    '''''''''''''''''FJR

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  • Max Reif (7/14/2006 3:36:00 AM)

    I like it, Alison-you point out one of the curiosities of life (only explained, for me, by the notion of 'karma' and having developed certain capacities by doing the thing in past lifetimes) . You show it, you don't tell it, and that makes it more interesting. And I like your title!

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  • Kelly Neville (6/30/2006 8:54:00 PM)

    : smiles: and Alison, you make it look so easy, i'm glad you took up dancing, you wear it well! ! and with dancing you can combine the two, sort of; just piano on a cd..Now Jezza, i hope you've got yer pants back on already! ! ! ! : D ~kelly

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  • Jerry Hughes (6/30/2006 4:10:00 AM)

    'dancing in the dark, with my pants off I'm dancing in the dark.' So arrest me already?

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  • Barbara Terry (6/30/2006 3:45:00 AM)

    Alison let's ALL dance to the music, whether or not we play it or just listen, let's ALL dance. Sometimes things just come so easy for some of us, that we never practice, but when we do what seems to come naturally, they call that talent (giggle) . Then when we get older work takes its place so we just listen to what we love. This is a very light and wonderful poem of the dreams we left behind, and new ones that we found. This was such a delight to read. Thanx for sharing, Alison. Barbara

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