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The Dance

The man in Berlin loves to dance
By the mist of the soft evening moon;
He takes his time to step on the rhyme
But he never found the tune.
There's a street where nobody goes
Where sad echoes bounce off the walls;
Where shadows march to the drum of woes
And crawl fast down the lonely halls.

You know dear I want you, I do
I need to lie down with you soon;
When the leaves on the tree are just a few
Come to me when love howls a tune.
There's a slice torn out of the sky
Day is scented with lilies of snow;
And weary birds find it hard to fly
They are scattered with no where to go.

There's a music hall in Berlin
Where the notes play loud to reviews;
There's a bar where no one is talking
They're condemned to death by the blues.
When will they look at your picture
And see the lost lonely years?
Come hold me my darling and dance
To the music of fantastic tears.

I'll dance with you in Berlin
I'll be dressed in laughter’s disguise;
With red roses between my breasts
And my hand caressing your thighs.
I'll yield to your aura of beauty
And see what you've got chained to tomorrow;
It will never be just a duty
To love you without all my sorrow.



This needs a bit of explanation; it has to do with
the second world war, the echoes are the haunting
past that brought the war about, and the shadows
are soldiers involved in the war. The rest is about 
the elusive happiness that could not be found.   


For Chris Aechtner's contest



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  1. Date: 6/11/2012 7:01:00 PM

    Very atmospheric! As always your phrasing is sharp and penetrating... '...sad echoes bounce off the walls,' '...there's a slice torn out of the sky,' '...scattered with nowhere to go,' and my favourites, '...condemned to death by the blue.' and'...the music of fantastic tears.' A wonderful composition! Nicely rhymed with a rolling flow. :)

  1. Date: 6/11/2012 12:40:00 PM

    This is really a good poem Elizabeth. I enjoyed reading it also. Well done.

  1. Date: 12/21/2011 8:48:00 PM

    wow this is a great poem I so enjoyed reading this. thank you for sharing

  1. Date: 12/18/2011 9:34:00 AM

    Wow, what an amazing and romantic read, Elizabeth! Really enjoyed this and super congrats to you! Thanks for dropping by my poems with your kind words! :D

  1. Date: 12/16/2011 9:18:00 AM

    Congratulation my friend on your grand win and wish you and all yours 'a Happy Christmas Day and Happy New Year'.bl

  1. Date: 12/15/2011 4:02:00 PM

    Congratulations on your winning entry Jon

  1. Date: 12/15/2011 3:38:00 PM

    congrats lizzie, this is awesome, it say so much about you, so intriguing, just love it. harry

  1. Date: 12/15/2011 3:35:00 PM

    lots of things to ponder and I'd add more verse rather than the footnote so you are sure the reader gets the important info ;) Congrad's Light & Love

  1. Date: 12/15/2011 12:32:00 PM

    Elizabeth, this is exquisite poetry through and through, and a difficult theme to grapple with. Thank you for supporting my contest. Congrats!

  1. Date: 12/15/2011 12:08:00 PM

    Lizzy congrats on your stunning win for a memorable poem, have a great Christmas holiday..David

  1. Date: 12/15/2011 11:57:00 AM

    Beautiful poem! Congratulations on your win in Chris' contest! Happy Holidays! Hugs, catie :)

  1. Date: 12/15/2011 11:29:00 AM

    Congratulations on your super placement in Chris' contest Elizabeth. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/15/2011 11:09:00 AM

    Truley lovely congratulations

  1. Date: 11/28/2011 9:16:00 PM

    I sneak peeks at your words whenever I feel strong enough to tolerate the bright light of exquisite beauty.

  1. Date: 11/27/2011 6:36:00 PM

    so wonderful,,,great poem...

  1. Date: 11/26/2011 7:44:00 AM

    Wow, thanks for the explanation. It helps us to know what you meant in this poem. Such a great and deep writing :)

  1. Date: 11/25/2011 11:18:00 PM

    Utterly beautiful one, Elizabeth!

  1. Date: 11/25/2011 12:48:00 PM

    Heya Elizabeth. Responded to your blog. I will sort of repeat myself here. You might not actually have writer's block at all, but simply need to pace yourself. Especially after writing amazing poems like this one. This poem is absolutely superb. Especially enjoy the overall zeitgeist. Very romantic.

  1. Date: 11/25/2011 11:15:00 AM

    This is a really nice one by the way, luv, Hussain

  1. Date: 11/25/2011 11:12:00 AM

    Hmmm! Whats in your mind, haan????

  1. Date: 11/25/2011 5:26:00 AM

    I read your blog this morning and shocked myself...I can't believe all this time I have missed your poetry...this is beautifully written...luv shannon

  1. Date: 11/24/2011 6:17:00 PM

    Another gem from Elizabeth.Enjoyed.

  1. Date: 11/23/2011 11:18:00 PM

    A very free spirited poem from you Lizzie:) great to read today.. I am quite busy at the moment and may find it hard to comment, however i check whenever i can and always try to get back to comments..!

  1. Date: 11/23/2011 8:51:00 PM

    if you only knew. nobody expected me to know how to danced. but my thirties were something else. and i feel so good i know that i could bring thoes days back. but i better be carefull befor i through something out. john

  1. Date: 11/23/2011 8:43:00 PM

    Quite unusual and beautiful verse dear... From within the soul is what poetry is all about. A bit of mystery in it also, makes for an interesting read, dear poet. Thanks for your kind comment on my verse, yes it is something that is getting more prominant daily lately. Thanks for your heartfelt kindness of comment. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 11/23/2011 6:21:00 PM

    What a beautiful masterpiece you've created here Elizabeth. A moving and very heartfelt write yet delivered so perfectly in verses, rhymes, rhythm, diction. Sentimental and very visual. A fine piece of art I would say! As well I also want to thank you dearly for your comments on mine. You are a sweetheart! Million thx for sharing And May God Bless!

  1. Date: 11/23/2011 4:41:00 PM

    Berlin was a legend pre war. Marlena Dietrich was at home here, and yes this is hot stuff, tinged with deep sadness. The war changed a lot of things. Could make a film about this poem. Sometimes one feels we were born too late. Steven

  1. Date: 11/23/2011 4:29:00 PM

    I also love this poem Elizabeth, it dances in beauty and I can hear the music as so many visuals come flying into one's head. XX Lizzie T

  1. Date: 11/23/2011 3:04:00 PM

    What a flow this awesome write has Lizzy! I have read several of your poems but none were as unique as this one is! I love your reference to Berlin, is it true that they are further along in the arts? Awesome Work!!

  1. Date: 11/23/2011 2:27:00 PM

    Berlin and a (bar) beer hall....sound familiar?..........George

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