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Watching her dance
through the clouded spyglass
of my alcohol eyes
brings the edges of her soul
into focus.
Naive to the sexuality,
the warm promise of her shape
she undulates, weaving a spell
that closes my pulse
in a velvet fist.
She’s adrift on the rhythm
driving feet and hips into motion
lips caressing the lyrics
in a whispered song
never aware that
she’s long since
ceased being just a girl
to those men
who’ll never learn to dance.

Smile if you're stupid,
laugh if you understand.

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The following comments are for "Never learn to dance"
by Bartleby

Coming of age
Interesting subject for a poem, I think. I will definitely try to keep my daughters away from the rheumy eyes of "old" men.

( Posted by: Feistyfemale [Member] On: December 29, 2002 )

you'll be a woman soon
It's seems you found something in this piece that was not intended when it was written. I had hoped to convey that instant where the speaker realizes the young girl before him became something more than just a maturing child, but a full fledged woman in her own right. I didn't intend the idea of the lechery of old men at bars. It's not necessarily a bad thing, just not what I expected readers to find. Once again thanks for reading.

( Posted by: Bartleby [Member] On: January 2, 2003 )

dancing fantasy
Very nicely depicts the inevitable desire of an unfulfilled heart.

( Posted by: ceyran gelior [Member] On: January 8, 2003 )

blossoming young woman
This is beautiful, and to me it epitomises a father watching his female child blossom into a young woman, not in a sexual sense but with a sense of pride and joy of her beauty.
The realisation of his youth disappearing. And hey that happens to us mums too lol. Lovely work bartelby I hope to attain to be half as good as you by the time ive written more...kindest regards cherylene

( Posted by: chezza [Member] On: July 7, 2003 )

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