The Dance

by Chantal

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We dance for one another,
Gloves and masks and painted faces,
Through an endless rhythm of chattered silence
In this vacant room.
How familiar are these steps I weave,
Strange then your face seems so unknown to me.
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Gowns and fans blur, cheap in their splendour
And you wear my tears around your neck.
To catch the secrets of your eye,
Would I trade a thousand of your empty dances.
Why get drunk on honeyed wine
When we can share the sweetness of a whispered truth?
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Before this night is over
Let me touch the reality of your dreams.
My feet are tired,
You have my hand,
Lead me in a different dance.
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Chantal Powell 2008