The Daily Prompt — Dancing

belly dancer

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Her head held high

Her arms braiding, then “essing”,

As her lithe trunk sways, to and fro

To the hypnotic notes of the clarinet.

Practiced she is, in the arts of dancing,

Holding every eye, except her own, fixed and rapt,

With her plush, yet muscled undulations.

Her eyes were just as fixed, but upon a

Thin, mustachioed gentleman, seated in the center of the room.

~ ~ ~

Dressed in blinding white raiment,

Pale skin of an odd cast,

His eyes are the only thing about him

That looks alive.

Oh yes, except for his hands,

Which twist and wrench, each

Determined to subdue the other.

His feet, resting on the back of a slave girl, are cloaked

With flawless tanned deerskin.

~ ~ ~

The dancer’s undulations continue, rhythmic and paralyzing,

As a snake would charm its prey.

The only movement in the room,

Crowded with well-dressed men and soldiers,

Besides her, are their heaving chests and

Nether regions – and the mustachioed man’s hands.

Almost imperceptibly, her position on the polished

Floor moves in the direction of a red silk-veiled

Doorway at the end of the hall.

~ ~ ~

The mustachioed man’s face, before a pasty grave image,

Transforms into a smirking demon’s chesire grin.

He reaches for his glass of blood red wine,

resting on the back of a slave boy, then gulps the contents.

As the dancing goddess disappears behind

The red veils, he stands abruptly.

“LET HIM GO.” He commands.

A soldier stands at attention:  “Yes, M’Lord”,

And removes the blade away from the dancer’s young son’s throat.


the daily prompt — dancing


11 Comments Add yours

  1. Always a pleasure to read your poems.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      thank you 🙂 Were you surprised by the ending?

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Undoubtedly. That’s where my eyes opened wide. Hahahaha
        I always like poetry that has some story. Thanks for this one.

        Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks! 🙂 Were you surprised by the ending?

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Dawn D says:

        Yes. I was mesmerised by the writing, and then surprised by the ending. 🙂


    1. msjadeli says:

      Let me guess, a polka?


      1. rickmatz says:

        Wrong rhythm for a polka.

        Liked by 1 person

        1. msjadeli says:

          Wrong video for this poem.


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