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Invitation to the Dance

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Invitation to the Dance

It is not the music,
for one knows it in the heat
that rises from a cool miasma,
sardonic, self-igniting--
the one that ravages and never warms,
consumes, and cannot care.

Cold flame is of another art, and passionless.
It is the counterpart of a humanity
that gasps at loveliness
but grasps an aged, trembling hand
and cannot understand a trembling deity
which would implore and not demand.

It is a danse macabre...
there is no peace in pretense, for
it smells of fear, the while
its nourishment is truth.
It strikes through speaking
through closed hands and open hearts.
It makes of war and gentleness a home,
an irony,  and often even does it
arm in arm.

And how importunate, the lead
who dares to ask of poverty
a share of its insolvence--
knowing greed is corporate,
while sacrifice is of the self alone.
To  find it set apart for lesser goals,
it lies and gathers slippery sides,
setting off solutions for another day;
the night shall have its queen!

For she is Paradox
who sweeps across the room.
In gracious rule she covets,
blesses solitude, and ridicules its joy.
Hers lurks behind a mask 
of beauty and romance;
the skin is putrid, the conceit
is infinite.

Hers is the blood that feasts
upon itself, that beats
upon a tympanum within--
its cadence to the dance
forever incomplete.

Copyright © Robert Ludden

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  1. Date: 8/4/2012 5:29:00 AM
    invitation accepted, but what tune are we dancing to?...

    Ludden Avatar Robert Ludden
    Date: 8/4/2012 10:00:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    In the dance of life...your choice
  1. Date: 7/24/2012 10:53:00 AM
    Why, thank you. I hope you will find some time to look at more of my stuff.

    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards
    Date: 7/24/2012 12:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Your poems are Bookmarked :-)
  1. Date: 7/24/2012 10:22:00 AM
    It took my breath away. Stunning. Adding it to my Fav poem list. Thank you for sharing this with us. ~ Suzette

  1. Date: 7/24/2012 9:48:00 AM
    Thank you for responding.

  1. Date: 7/24/2012 9:24:00 AM
    well written ...deep..

    Ludden Avatar Robert Ludden
    Date: 7/24/2012 11:13:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you very much.