Swing Swish – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Laura is hosting Poetics with an invitation to write about a memory.

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“The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word.” Margaretha Geertruida MacLeod (Mata Hari)

Swing Swish

Laconic, the announcer regales in 
scratchy, valved tone a miller tune, 
the swish of her summer dress 
catches my ear, a familiar sound, 
she smiles to herself of dancehalls, 
velvet collared jackets, florals flared, 
I can see a trumpet in her eyes, and 
feel the rhythm in her walk, in this
moment she is spring, summer,
lighter, she reads my face and speaks 
of war and simple pleasures, soon
drifting into her memories, and I 
to the swirl of my spinning top.


Copyright 2021 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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42 Comments

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42 responses to “Swing Swish – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Loved this

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  2. I love how you recalled another’s memories intermingle with your own, like a dance!

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  3. Dancing brings such intimacy, as if bodies talk better than words. Lovely poem.

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  4. she reads my face and speaks
    of war and simple pleasures

    Which war?


    David

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  5. oh you did a double swirl of memories here – the dancer with hers and you with your spinner – same moments different times. Read this several times – it was so enjoyable!

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  6. fireblossom32

    There’s nothing like swing music!

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  7. Reminds me of conversations with my 94-year-old mother.

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  8. Beautifully written Paul… A great memory!

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  10. sanaarizvi

    My goodness this is beautiful! 💝💝 I especially love the image; “I can see a trumpet in her eyes, and feel the rhythm in her walk, in this moment she is spring, summer, lighter.”

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  11. Beverly Crawford

    What an interesting yin/yang poem! Very creative!

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  12. I got a real buzz from this. Loved the imagery.

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  13. Tarot of the Missing

    Fantastic 💚

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