DANCE POEMS

"Dance with me"
Take my hands
And let dance to
the beats of our hearts.

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Agaphy
The Lobster-Quadrille
'Will you walk a little faster?' said a whiting to a snail,
'There's a porpoise close behind us, and he's treading on my tail.
See how eagerly the lobsters and the turtles all advance!
They are waiting on the shingle -- will you come and join the dance?
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Lewis Carroll
Dance To It
Well hey Miss Go-Go won't you stop for a minute
Cause the song you dance to it got somethin' in it
There's a lotta things those long funny words can teach ya
Yeah but the words don't reach ya
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Shel Silverstein
Streets [English]
Let's dance the jig!

Above all else I loved her eyes,
More clear than stars of cloudless skies,
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Paul Verlaine
The Dancers: (During A Great Battle, 1916)
The floors are slippery with blood:
The world gyrates too. God is good
That while His wind blows out the light
For those who hourly die for is -
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Dame Edith Louisa Sitwell
Once More, The Round
What's greater, Pebble or Pond?
What can be known? The Unknown.
My true self runs toward a Hill
More! O More! visible.
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Theodore Roethke
The Lobster Quadrille
“Will you walk a little faster?” said a whiting to a snail.
“There's a porpoise close behind us, and he's treading on my tail.
See how eagerly the lobsters and the turtles all advance!
They are waiting on the shingle-will you come and join the dance?
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Lewis Carroll
Basket Dance
Dance!
Dance!
The priest is yellow with sunflower meal,
He is yellow with corn-meal,
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Amy Lowell
Those Who Do Not Dance
A crippled child
Said, â??How shall I dance?â?
Let your heart dance
We said.
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Gabriela Mistral
The Magpie Lark
By lagoons and reedy places,
Where the little river races
By the lips of dreaming pools
Where the soothing water cools
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Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis
Reciprocal Invitation To The Dance
THE INDIFFERENT.

COME to the dance with me, come with me, fair one!

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The Great Drum
The circle of the Earth is the head of a great drum;
With the day, it moves upward - booming;
With the night, it moves downward - booming;
The day and the night are its song.
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Anonymous Americas
A Dirge Of Joy
Oh! this is a joyful dirge, my friends, and this is a hymn of praise;
And this is a clamour of Victory, and a pæan of Ancient Days.
It isnâ??t a Yelp of the Battlefield; nor a Howl of the Bounding Wave,
But an ode to the Things that the War has Killed, and a lay of the Festive Grave.
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Henry Lawson
The Valse
When to sweet music my lady is dancing
My heart to mild frenzy her beauty inspires.
Into my face are her brown eyes a-glancing,
And swift my whole frame thrills with tremulous fires.
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Paul Laurence Dunbar
The Baby's Dance
Dance little baby, dance up high,
Never mind baby, mother is by;
Crow and caper, caper and crow,
There little baby, there you go;
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Ann Taylor
Came The Great Popinjay
CAME the great Popinjay
Smelling his nosegay:
In cages like grots
The birds sang gavottes.
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Dame Edith Louisa Sitwell
Came The Great Popinjay
Came the great Popinjay
Smelling his nosegay:
In cages like grots
The birds sang gavottes.
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Dame Edith Sitwell
The Lost Dancer
Spatial depths of being survive
The birth to death recurrences
Of feet dancing on earth of sand;
Vibrations of the dance survive
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Jean Toomer
.Life is A Dance In The Rain
It's raining, it's quiet, only i can hear the rain,
Freshness of air is invading my breath,
The echo of drops falling, the purity of the sky,
It's giving me peace and relieves my pain.
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Cristina Teodor
A Banjo Song
W'en de banjos wuz a-ringin',
An' de darkies wuz a-singin',
Oh, wuzen dem de good times sho!
All de ole folks would be chattin',
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James Weldon Johnson

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