The Next Dance – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Grace is hosting Meeting the Bar with an invitation to personification and imagery.

dVerse Poets – MTB – Personification and Imagery

Photo: “The Right to Dry Movement”

“But what about those windy spring days? You know the drill, you fight the sheets onto the line. Then the wind catches them and makes them want to sail into the next country!” The Texas Homesteader

The Next Dance

Sick of line dancing, she wanted
to cut loose with a tango or a foxtrot,
even a rouge can-can would do it and,
once safely pegged, she gave herself to the 
sea breeze throwing her legs up, her head back,
tossing her skirt about with laughter just like 
linen flapping in the wind, and soon the others
joined in the fun, swirling and twirling
along the good time, refreshed and waiting 
for the next dance in the sun.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Filed under dance, Free Verse, life, poem, quote

63 responses to “The Next Dance – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. A free spirit is refreshing. 🌿🌱🍃

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  2. Fabuous Job Paul of blending both of those for a kick up the skirt, fun dance on the page!!!
    Hope to see you today on Frip-Yay Funday! (this would be fun for my post actually) ❤️❤️❤️

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  3. I love this poem with it’s kick-back, breezy attitude. Sometimes you just need it to let it all go (but hopefully not if you are a clean item on a clothesline.)

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  4. Reblogged this on e-Quips and commented:
    Sometimes you gotta let it go. Love this fresh poem from Paul Vincent Cannon.

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  5. I adore this. I write about laundry a lot. I don’t even know why.

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    • Perhaps it’s made for writing, taking the ordinary and flipping it a little. I don’t mind doing laundry, so perhaps that’s a connection, being okay with it? Many thanks for engaging with this.


  6. Beverly Crawford

    Oh, this was a wonderful voice for sheets on a summer clothesline. Now, do one for frozen overalls on a winter clothesline. Double dare!!

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  7. Lovely! I wonder how the sheets feel when that lovely brisk spring sun goes in and the rain starts to pour? Not quite so frisky, heh?

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  8. I loved this and it took me back to the smell of fresh sheets from the line. Even in winter snow my mom would hang them out, they’d freeze and then we brought them back in to hang in the kitchen to dry. I always wondered why she did that, but we didn’t question😄

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  9. Laughing here, a fine personification – and such energy in the lines – all that ‘swirling and twirling’ – great fun.

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  10. Amy

    … just like linen flapping in the wind. Fun and so beautiful expressed. Love it.

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  11. This adds a whole new wrinkle to hanging out one’s washing! A very fun poem!!


  12. I used to help hang out the wash when I was a child. It was OK, but not half so much fun as this poem! Lovely photo too, Paul. It does look like the sheets are having a good time. Now we just hang out the beach towels. ❤ Have a great weekend!

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  13. Delightful and refreshing piece, Paul!

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  14. an excellent dance in the sun … I only line dry, not into dryers and don’t own one! But dont mind the odd tango 🙂

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  15. Love it, and now I long for the scent of fresh linen….

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  16. Amy

    “…just like linen flapping in the wind”, how refreshing!
    Such a delightful poem, Paul.

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  17. sanaarizvi

    This is absolutely delightful! 😀 I so love the image; “tossing her skirt about with laughter just like linen flapping in the wind.”💝💝

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  18. Funny too! Lets have distraction having a dance. Honestly dancing is not really mine. Never had learned it. 😉 Michael

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  19. Charis Counselling

    I love this


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