The Dance – It’s National Poetry Month!

April is National Poetry Month. It’s been many moons since I last wrote a poem, but I found one I wrote years ago. It’s one of my favorites, so I thought I’d share it with you.

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The Dance

I danced as a babe
in lullaby dreams

Danced with lightning bugs
in the stars’ bright beams

I danced in the cold
with a man of snow

Danced in the splendor
of my first rainbow

I danced in my skates
through the crispy breeze

Danced like a mermaid
in the salty seas

I danced with desire
watching birds in flight

And danced and romanced
as he held me tight

Danced to the music
of the moonsong’s spell

Danced to the chimes
of the wedding bell

I danced with my hips
where all life begins

Danced as my babies
grew and danced within

Danced with my children
filled with giggling glee

Danced in the sunset
as I set them free

Danced in the fragrance
of the garden rose

Danced in dewdrop grass
on my tippy-toes

The dance lamented
through voids of despair

Till the dance of hope
wiped away each tear

Danced in the moment
of epiphany

Won’t you join
in the dance with me?

~Lynn Kelley

Do you write poetry? Do you have a favorite poem?

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38 Responses to The Dance – It’s National Poetry Month!

  1. Bestie! That’s really, really, really good. Love it. That ending is perfect! The repetition really adds to the poem too. I love the meaning. Do you know it, you’re a poet. *wink* Thought I’d change that up a little for ya. I’m learning rhyme and poetry. Thanks to our Catherine and RhymPiBoMo. Robert Frost is my all time favorite poet. Next is Edgar Allen Poe. My favorite Frost poem is not the same Frost Poem everyone loves best. It is An Old Man’s Winter Night. Great post, bestie!

    • Whenever I need a pick-me-up, I know who to come to. You’re always so enthusiastic, and it’s contagious! You’ll have to share some of your poems with me. I do know that poetry does help our writing, so good for you doing RhymPiBoMo. You are so motivated and I’m super impressed. Yes, Catherine is a big inspiration when it comes to poetry. So gifted!

  2. Such a joyous and lovely poem, Lynn! Like Robyn, I’m learning poetry too (well, sort of re-learning)…from Renee LaTulippe, who is an absolute pro! Her class is totally awesome. 🙂

    Well, I need to dance off to bed now…thanks for sharing your poem!

    • Teresa – You’re another one who’s highly motivated and learning so much from the awesome classes you’ve enrolled in. You, too, have got to share some of your poems with us!

      Dancing off to bed now! I love that! Thanks for stopping in!

  3. Steve Attkisson says:

    It’s beautiful, Lynn.

  4. That’s a really beautiful poem, Lynn. I love the way you weave the circle of life into your dance. I’ll come dance with you! Why not 🙂

  5. Susie Lindau says:

    Yes I would love to dance with you Lynn! Beautiful poem for the month!

  6. I’m a lousy poet.
    You captured childhood well!

  7. That’s beautiful, Lyn. I used to write poetry. Occasionally I still do, but it’s rare as my brain really has to be free of all inhibitions and weight. I think it’s the crazy schedule we’re keeping where there’s never enough time. This was my favorite part:
    “Danced with lightning bugs
    in the stars’ bright beams”


    • Crystal – Thank you. I love getting your input as to your favorite part. My reasons for not writing poetry anymore are pretty much the same as yours. Maybe someday we’ll get back into poetry…

  8. Yvette Carol says:

    You’re multi-talented, Lynn! An absolutely crisp and delightful selection of words. Love it!

  9. That’s beautiful, Lynn! I’m not very good at writing poetry, but I attempt it every once in a while. 🙂

  10. What a funtastic poem! I love all the moments of dancing- through so many of life’s joys. 🙂 Thanks for sharing it. I do enjoy writing poetry and love so many different poems.

  11. Kourtney says:

    Lovely! I started out writing poetry. It’s more of a private journal though. Hmm. Favorite poem…Eldorado by Edgar Allen Poe and Pablo Neruda’s Extravagaria–yup the entire book.

  12. Debra Kristi says:

    Beautiful cadence, Lynn. It flows off my tongue and into the air, the words taking flight. So much insight and candor, showing the most glorious progression of life. My poetry if pathetic. I really enjoy reading the work of others.

  13. A biography in poetry! So beautifully done, Lynn. I especially loved your first stanza.

  14. What a beautiful poem, Lynn. Glad you decided to share it here =)

  15. Such a lovely poem, Lynn! The line that speaks to me, danced in the sunset as I set them free. Awesome.

  16. Nas says:

    This was so lovely to read through. So full of life and hope.

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