Posted by: Robin Hawkins | August 3, 2010

slow swing dance – ode to a double bass

slow swing dance – ode to a double bass


slow dance ritual swing so close

hands fingers massage new strung neck

as I revolve, caressing spinal melody

from space from god from you

from god knows where or what

bass-line baseline on which to hang

the flesh of love of lust of sweet

desire my flesh my lips insatiable

in memory of pliant breasts

of hips full clasped between my thighs

of bridged sighs under the chords

pressed from this pale maple board

to sound through wire and walnut

resound in pulse passed passion

precise as punctuation on a page.


double stop, then slow bow drawn

across  tension wound and honed

to fretless pitch – a blue crescendo

in this pent up night of longing –

no midnight morse relief no

blessed starlessness the black paled

into shimmer grey by harbourlight

rocks casting off-black shadow

dappled face of ageless cliff and silvered stream

under a sickle moon stage left


i dance the predetermined dance of lovers

tonight in pale moonlight in memories

engraved into rough fingertips

and softer lonely lips and echoes

je’t embrasse this long necked lover

with its strings its bridge its fingered

skeleton of song from deep within

eyelids gently locked in dreams of you

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Responses

  1. IN awh!…(sorry)…blush

    x-ammiemoon-x

  2. Alan, hierdie is so so besutiful!!!…die sensuele harmonie, kleur, klank, streel, en vele meer fasette verweef in hierdie gedig laay my asemloos….Puik !!!

    ”..of hips full clasped between my thighs

    of bridged sighs under the chords

    pressed from this pale maple board

    to sound through wire and walnut

    resound in pulse passed passion

    precise as punctuation on a page…”

    I’m is Awh !!!

    x-ammiemoon-x

    • Thanks so much. EK weet nie wie Alan is nie, jammer. Bly jy het my versie geniet. Jy slaan die spyker op die kop. Die sterk seksuele aspek van die instrument wat mens MOET vashou soos ‘n lover is ‘n groot deel van die vers. Mooi bly.

  3. I think this poem is great, well written and descriptive.

    • Thanks a lot. Appreciated.

  4. very sensous….well done
    alan


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