Richard Theze

Freshman - 839 Points (31st August 1959 / Bicester, Oxfordshire)

Raqs-E Sharqi - Poem by Richard Theze

Raqs-e Sharqi

Just as the ritzy
Single malts and
Cuban cigars,
Imported from a few
Opposing corners
Of a shrinking globe,
A single dancer
Brought, bought
In Rial and Ringgit,
By the host – thrown
And gathered by guests,
Those chique sippers
Of pink Champagne –
All dark gowned and suited
Among the bankers,
The unknown celebrities
And the armed attendants.
In bare contrast, she,
Strikingly costumed
In end-of-the-spectrum red
Bedlah,
Bold as blood, fire and
Shimmering rubies,
All arabesque
Hips lifting, twisting, dropping,
Rhythmically fusing and
Uniting opposites,
Danced, and thus,
Plied her most
Compelling craft.

Topic(s) of this poem: observation

Form: Blank Verse


Comments about Raqs-E Sharqi by Richard Theze

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (11/30/2015 1:14:00 PM)


    Fascinating title and lovely write, enjoyed it. (Report) Reply

    Richard Thézé Richard Thézé (11/30/2015 2:16:00 PM)

    The poem is my memory of a high society party to which an Iranian dancer was flown in to dance. It was an amazing experience. I am glad you liked the poem.

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  • Souren Mondal (11/29/2015 9:18:00 AM)


    An interesting poem Richard. Thanks for sharing.. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 29, 2015



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