Friday, March 11, 2016

Poem of the Day: “Dance-Standing” by David Pring-Mill, Frequent Contributor and Poet of the Week

Songs of Eretz Poetry Review is pleased to present “Dance-Standing” by David Pring-Mill, a Songs of Eretz Frequent Contributor and this week’s Poet of the Week.  A biography of the poet may be found in the “About Our Editor & Frequent Contributors” section.

David Pring-Mill

I stop now,
stunned by attraction:
Daring eyes, vulnerable eyes,
Blinking, long-lashed brown eyes,
Thin white shirt tied into a knot
above the tanned navel,
A gentle sway of her hips,
Dance-standing in the presence
of her boyfriend,
who wears the tattooed markings
he feels he must.

And the girl's thought, loud in the air:
"I want you because you might hurt me,
But do not hurt me.
Will you?
But will you?"

The tall palm trees
keep trying to be
this city's angels,
but they only have the courage
to wave their fronds slowly.

There is
a little Asian lady
behind the bullet-resistant
transaction window
in this liquor store.
We exchange pleasantries
while sliding IDs and bills and change
back and forth through the slit,
the coins scraping and clinking
against the metallic indent
in the counter.

Poet's Notes:  This is a poem about the complexity of survival in our modern world.

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