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Dance of the Knights

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Dance of the Knights

Mystery shrouds the star lit night
As lovers exposed to evening delights
In masks we dance, we all go around
Who is who, do we really know?
Who is Romeo and who is to die?

Ladies in waiting, do their waltz
As the Lady of the evening bathes at dusk
Champagne glasses in pink do reflect
All the Shakespeare penned, indirect
For its he that said we love to decept

Young lovers will hold onto devotions
Choose between Montague and Capulet
For lances of blood forever thrust
Into the loser of Williams tales
Mademoiselle is saddened by wilted rose

She smashes to pieces all her dreams
The waltz of knights and lovers will end
She had to choose between Montague and Capulet
She chose first the arrow, for hearts don’t mend
Shakespeare wins yet once more

For with my saber, I drank champagne 
And read this tale yet once again!
Montague and Capulet on horses rode
As Sergei pondered and composed
Juliette just shed her tears

Dancing Knights have no fear
The ballet of love makes one shake
As the Knight lances his final spear
The irony of classic tales
Old stories we hold so dear



Notes

Where to begin! Well although this seems somewhat about Romeo and Juliette, its actually based on a song, that well its also a muse on Romeo and Juliette.

The song/artist is
Alizée - Mademoiselle Juliette
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyUXWgmEvE8

Although Montagues and Capulets are characters in Shakespeare’s story,   "Montagues and Capulets",  is also known as "Dance of the Knights", a work of classical music written by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev for his 1935 ballet Romeo and Juliet. Later, he wrote versions for both orchestra and piano.

Thus the Title of the poem, and the mention of Sergei in the poem.

His composition can be viewed at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMrSPOWrYGA

The line “For with my saber, I drank champagne “
 In the old days, Champagne was actually opened with a saber on some occasions. Though it's rare to use a sword these days, the expression "to Saber champagne" still is in usage in French.

So an English Tale became a Russian Symphony piece and a French Muse, and now a Canadian poem!


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  1. Date: 4/7/2014 2:20:00 PM

    well done this is more my speed, love this very much; I told my mom that early poetry back in the 1800's to the 1900's wear well written I really enjoyed this piece... Smiles and hugs... Gina

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso Date: 4/7/2014 9:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am glad you enjoyed this, and thanks for reading Gina!! I look forward to reading many more of yours as well!!
  1. Date: 10/26/2013 1:49:00 AM

    Loved it ,, I went to u tube and watched video, nice pink corset she has on. I expected to see him at the piano on Dance of the Nights, Then I had to listen to Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata I used to listen to this music a lot on earphones ;} I like your foot notes as well .

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso Date: 4/7/2014 9:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Sorry, I somehow missed this post, thanks so much, I enjoyed writing this as its such a mix of old and new, different styles and images!! And of course I too noticed the pink corset!!!!!!
  1. Date: 10/5/2013 10:19:00 PM

    well written poem, loved it ...Seren

  1. Date: 10/5/2013 7:59:00 PM

    You tell your chivalrous story of old with grace poise, and passion, well done my friend, enjoyed this piece of verse xxx

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso Date: 10/25/2013 1:07:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Rose!!!