busting up cliches

if it takes 2 to tango
what happens when 1
detaches

drifts from dancer
to audience

watches
her partner

ply
those set patterns

of basic outside partner
forward 1-2-3 then slide

leading himself

that tango
no longer suggestive

but set
& singular

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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8 Responses to busting up cliches

  1. Rhonda says:

    to become an observer in one’s life is a sad state, but often times allows us the ability to see what we have been trying not to. sad but necessary and hopefully a productive time spent in the audience. perhaps a different dance or a different dance partner. we all must, at some point, do the same. thanks for the lesson on being honest with ourselves susan. 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Rhonda. To be in some way an observer in one’s life is something I think we all do, but I would much rather be living it than observing it.

  2. nelle says:

    A detaching might provide brief insight, but as a way of existence, it’s poignant, and I feel it in the words you wrote.

  3. Ian Moone says:

    I really like the ending – set singular

  4. Mr. Walker says:

    There is power in that detachment. I like how “leading himself” is its own stanza – very effective.

    Richard

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