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A Plastic Bag

...from the movie, 'American Beauty'

A plastic bag, a windy day,
darting, dancing high and low,
coquettish in her flight of fancy,
all in all, a one-bag show;
a street performer with a twist,
I wish you could have seen her,
a holder meant for groceries,
an no-name ballerina.

Erratic, yes, but orchestrated,
it's as if a puppeteer
controlled the choreography,
a protege without a peer;
she soared and swooped, this virtuoso,
then the errant wind was gone,
no pirouettes to look upon,
and I was left to ruminate, 
an audience of one.

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  1. Date: 7/19/2012 9:25:00 PM
    I have never seen american beauty. But i thought the poetry here was lovely, elegantly worded, i liked it!

  1. Date: 7/11/2012 8:08:00 PM
    Just lovely for my mind to see the dance of this strange partner but the acrobatics are wonderful and your words provide the grace to perform with the wond. Such a treasure to read Keith!

  1. Date: 7/11/2012 7:36:00 PM
    Yes....I loved that scene in the movie, and you have done it justice with this poem ..."no name ballerina"!!! Great work, Keith!

  1. Date: 7/11/2012 1:19:00 PM
    great write Keith,love it

  1. Date: 7/11/2012 7:55:00 AM
    A wonderful write, Keith! Fun to find something to bring into a poem. "Plastc Bags", papers, or whatnot, can take on their own dance when entertained by "this virtuoso".:) love, Mikki

  1. Date: 7/11/2012 7:45:00 AM
    I am so happy I was able to read your poetry today Keith. Thank you for sharing your writing with us always. So many diverse poems here and always a pleasure to read. Hoping you will continue to find the inspiration to write. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/10/2012 6:04:00 PM
    i remember that scene so vividly and you've perfectly captured that joyous plastic bag dance. what fun that you've rhymed "could have seen her" and "ballerina" - that is clever! this is another gem, keith, which i very much enjoyed...

  1. Date: 7/10/2012 2:19:00 PM
    In Canada we have to pay 5 cents for a plastic bag so now you do not see so many floating in the wind. NICE flowing poem you have penned. love phyl

  1. Date: 7/10/2012 1:43:00 PM
    Kieth, this write is one of my favorites! The free flowing feel that you describe is so wondrous, I love it! I would have liked to be the flowing bag in the cool breeze! Wonderful write! Great Work!!

  1. Date: 7/10/2012 1:26:00 PM
    hi Kieth love this, could you catch the bag as in Wales now they charge for them could save you some money lol, liked this and thanks for your comment earlier, all the best Owen

  1. Date: 7/10/2012 9:43:00 AM
    wonderful Keith great imagery and flow

  1. Date: 7/10/2012 9:22:00 AM
    and you didn't use the word "kite" once - didn't need to. This is such a special one. "as if a puppeteer controlled the choreography" Bravo! love, Kathy p.s. I do hope that bag ended up in the recycle bin.

  1. Date: 7/10/2012 7:55:00 AM
    This is very well written to the point, I am at a loss to remark or comment. Sincerely, Lucinda "Cindy"

  1. Date: 7/10/2012 7:43:00 AM
    Enjoyed the expressiveness of this one..I could just see that plastic bag caught by the wind..I wonder where was it final landing??..Thanks for stopping by..Sara