Dancing in the Dark

As I’m looking through poems for a submission for a chapbook, I came across this. Not sure which blog had the prompt question, but here it is and my response. The poem is a modified Minute Poem form.  Image is “An Intruder in the Forest,” by Rodulfo.

In the shadows, did you ever secretly wish you were someone else, either as a child or an adult?

I’ve never secretly wished I was someone else. I have admired others for their abilities. For instance my friend accepts all people no matter what and will give them the shirt off of her back, and it is genuine. She goes above and beyond and is admired for it. There has only been one person who said something less than totally admiring about her. They said she is the kind of person who will never show you she is upset, but she will be the one who accidentally burns your toast.

Thinking about it now, I do wish I could be a night creature with wings, one who was not at risk for being predated upon. I would like to be a non-threatening night winged creature, flying from place to place, able to see by moonlight, and WITHOUT FEAR. I’d like to be a secret observer of the mysterious magical creatures that come out only at night. Secret meetings, secret dances in the fairy rings. I’d like to get to know every inch of the dark so the fear could be extracted from it for me.

Moonlight glides with silent wings
O’er fairie rings
My vision clear
Heart pure, no fear.

Perched in oak, view stage-lit glen
frogs polka when
rabbits thump time
and toads drink wine

Parties privileged few can see
only in dreams
a hidden world
where magic swirls

Now I ask you the question:

In the shadows, did you ever secretly wish you were someone else, either as a child or an adult?

20 Comments Add yours

  1. Wonderful! I must say, no not as an adult. I love the woman I’ve become, I should, I went through a heckuvalot making her! Although … still kinda pissed about not being a mermaid. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Now that would be fun!

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  2. Dora says:

    Love this! Got me thinking and how as a child if I’d dream of being anything, it would be something like the animals i saw in fantasy picture books! Or even a whale! https://jollybeggar.com/2020/12/28/a-whale-of-a-dream/

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Marvelous and inspirational, you expand my horizons with your poem.

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      1. Dora says:

        Thanks, Lisa! ❤️

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        1. msjadeli says:

          You’re welcome 🙂

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  3. Sadje says:

    Very interesting question Li. As a kid, I wanted to be someone who had a mom, as I lost mine before my sixth birthday. But as I grew up, I learned to appreciate what I had as opposed to what I was missing.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sadje, thank you for sharing. I understand why you wanted that as a kid.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          You’re welcome.

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  4. memadtwo says:

    I’ve wished to be more or better in myself, but never to be someone else. But animals…there are many I’ve thought about inhabiting. And, strangely, trees. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I don’t think trees is strange at all. They are our oldest relatives I think.

      Kerfe, I think you’ve read Brain Pickings? Did you know they’ve had an annual poetry reading event since 2017? I just found out and listened to an hour’s worth of this years. One of the areas they seemed to focus on were trees. Check out the video at the website if you get a chance. I haven’t got out to hug a tree yet but will def report back when I do.

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      1. memadtwo says:

        It’s been on my list of things to do this week. Tomorrow I must, it expires Jan 1. Now that I know there are a lot of trees, I will definitely make the time to at least listen to part of it. Thanks!

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  5. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    As a kid I wanted to be Ron Cey…the third basemen of the Dodgers…at least I wanted to take his place…that dream died.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Awwww darn, Max. Did you play baseball when you were younger? Ever play on any local teams (non-professional) as an adult?

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        Oh yes…I played at 7 years old until I was 16…Baseball and The Beatles were my intrests growing up…you know…that hasn’t changed much! But yea Cey was my hero

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  6. Carol anne says:

    I did! I wished that for my whole childhood, I wanted to be someone else, not the kid who was being severely abused every day! Xxx

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