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Moonlight tango

It was a Saturday night, in Buenos Aires, 10:30pm, to be exact. It was a hot summers night, and you could see, and feel, the steam rising from the cobblestone street, here in La Boca barrio*. This is where it all began over a hundred years ago, and you can still see pictures of tangos faded heroes of yesteryear hanging on the walls.

The tango hall was packed with caballeros* in their suits and suspenders, and the damas* dressed in their red dresses, and stiletto heels. Still feels like the roaring 20's fedora hats and all! With a glance, and a flick of his baton, the orchestra leader motions to the bandoneon* player to begin, and so he starts dum dum dum, dum dum, dum dum dum. 

The men tilt their fedoras slightly to one side, and stride ever so elegantly across the hall to pick their partner, and together they glide over the black and white checkered marble tile dance floor. The moonlight filters through the skylights, illuminating the smokey haze, that permeates the Milonga* hall. 

The dancers have their gazes fixed on each other, and they move and glide to the incessant syncopated rhythm of the bandoneon. The violins and cellos join in with their plucking sound matching the tempo of 2-4 time. The dancers are dancing chest to chest, and then cheek to cheek, moving and gyrating, in time to the beat. As the tempo picks up the pace, arms and legs entwine, and then separate and entwine again. Spinning and twirling, strutting and whirling, they dance into a frenzy, at a frenetic speed, all the while staring with a look of love, (or at least of passionate desire) and what else would you expect to see dancing  the moonlight tango?

* La Boca barrio- downtown neighborhood where tango was born
*Caballero(s)-gentleman(men)
*Damas- Ladies
*Milonga- tango dance hall
*Bandoneon- Small accordion style instrument.

John Derek Hamilton
February 07,2017

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Date: 3/9/2018 3:58:00 PM
Love, love this, Buddy - what a wonderful write, and so full of amazing imagery ... makes me want to go now! (I have friends there - not very stable there right now, but I still want to go - one of my friends there has a sail boat, and she has shown me pics of this amazing waterfall that is lit with colored lights at night, and you can only get there by boat - she and her husband want to take me). Awesome write, my friend - fav-ing! :-)
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Date: 3/9/2018 6:33:00 PM
Yeah, I love Argentina, I met my wife there in Buenos Aires, I've been there countless times, especially to see family, although my in-laws have both recently passed away. We have a small house there, we are hoping to go soon...to visit. You should go, it's a wonderful country, just be careful in Bs. As. Glad you enjoyed this write thanks especially for the fave!!
Date: 5/24/2017 8:45:00 PM
Omg John this is such a passionate poem. I been to argentina myself. Es un encanto. Me enamore de argentina.
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Date: 5/25/2017 1:00:00 PM
Thanks Marilyn, it is a wonderful place. Thanks for the great comment!
Date: 2/9/2017 4:56:00 PM
Plane tickets please for Buenos Aires...a poetic frenzy...very descriptive John, I can almost smell the sweat coming off the bandoneon...and the wine...and of course the damas lol...^WW^
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Date: 2/16/2017 9:52:00 PM
Thanks WW sorry for the delay been away! Cheers!
Date: 2/7/2017 3:56:00 PM
I am out of breath now after reading this wonderful poem of an evening of tango and heat. You have brought this front and center, like two are one. Really well done John.
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Date: 2/7/2017 6:35:00 PM
Thanks Chris, this is what you started by dancing on the moon.