Sunday, 19 March 2017


Ballet Mother

All those feathers and sequins!
And – ah – One….. Two….. Three….. Hop!
A little higher there – and
Nice feet! Nice turn!
Nice cheesy smile!

Dancing is an art and craft.
It moves hearts and other parts.
Seduction? Perhaps.
A bow, a glance, a twist, revealing flesh.

But flesh revealed on this occasion
is not the flashing dancer’s teeth
But, bloodied neck and pale visage
Belong to John, not Salome.

Oh daughter dear, how beautifully you dance.
Your flair belies the price to pay.
So ‘easy’ you make it look.
So ‘easy’ man can lose his life
For payment of a woman’s price.

My daughter is a star tonight.
She kills them in that dress.

(Herodias – Mark:17, Matthew 14:3-12, Luke 3:18-20)

© 2017, A.Koh-Butler

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