A Short Poem On Dancing

Flash Fiction 55, Poetry | Posted by Jannie on 31 January 2013 @ 7:50 PM 45 Comments


for some reason
I’ve been picturing you
lately in ’70s leather coats

and just now
in stacked-heel
quality boots

that itch to
get up and dance.
so they do. and

you follow them
with me, all over
the hardwood

of our

we hold




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  • 1

    On 31 January 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Grace said, 

    I would love to dance in that dance floor ~ This is a sweet one ~

  • 2

    On 31 January 2013 at 8:19 pm

    brian miller said, 

    ha i love that time starts with that kiss…sounds like a pretty cool dream to me…could do for a little dancing…smiles.

  • 3

    On 31 January 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Peter said, 

    This is so nice!

  • 4

    On 31 January 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Margaret said, 

    …Wow … to flirt, dance, and kiss on this wood floor would be amazing! Sigh

  • 5

    On 31 January 2013 at 8:56 pm

    G-Man said, 

    (Coming closer out of the mist…)
    Jannie? Jannie Funster is that you Dearie?
    Land sakes i’d almost given up all hope of ever seeing you again.
    And to top it all off, a beautiful moment in literary time.
    You certainly haven’t lost your touch..:-)
    Loved your Ballroom 55
    Thank You so much Jannie for this Funsterpiece!!
    You ROCK the Lone Star State!! (And parts of Arkansas)
    Have a Kick Ass Week-End…G

  • 6

    On 31 January 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Jannie said, 

    GRACE! You know… YOU actually crossed my mind as this one penned itself. YThese kinds of poems undulate from you all the time, I was all like, “Yay, I wrote one almost as good as Grace Heaven’s! I’m not even sure what castle that is. I lifted it 5 mins before posting this from Google Images. Punched in oak floors castle Europe (Large Size, and there it was. :)

    BRIAN! Yep, a wandering dream mind has I. :) And you all a bunch of other poetical-born types. :)

    PETER! Hello and thanks so much for popping over! I’m always so excited when there’s a new comment to moderate from G’Mans, or the Tuesday DVerse poetry fest. Yes, I like this one too!! It’s fun to see where a thought will lead to.

    MARGARET!! Join me there, we’ll double date. Dance then have dinner just outside on the terrace, with EXCELLENT service, taste and value!! But what will we WEAR!!???? Champagne satin gowns, I so believe. Off-the-shoulder. :)


  • 7

    On 31 January 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    Ah, so romantic. I love it.

  • 8

    On 31 January 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Jannie said, 

    G-Man, don’t forget those really cool parts of Oklahoma!!!! :) :) :) It was my most divine pleasure to join in. Believe it or not, I’ve probably about 10 or so possible 55s in drafts…. Glad this one wrote itself and that I was YAHTZEE Queen tonite, whoohooo. :) :)

    ALICE AUDREY!!!!!!!!!! This is how WE MET!!!!! You and I via the FFF55s. Didn’t we??!! Wait, or was it via Susan Helene Gottfried, whom I met over at Thomma Lyn Grindstaff’s? Or perhaps we all met at that party on the moon in ‘69??!! :) :)



  • 9

    On 31 January 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Janna said, 

    The hardwood floors of our hearts!
    I love it!

    My favorite is the very last part, though… “and then time starts.”

    Thanks for doing Friday 55!
    Mine’s here. :)

  • 10

    On 31 January 2013 at 11:01 pm

    SnaggleTooth said, 

    How I miss that quality leather-
    The creak of it- the warmth, comfort, n smell-
    Haven’t had the jacket since the ’70s either!

    made a few odd n ends with a bag of scraps tho-
    fixed the handle on my acoustic violin case, use a keychain that was my Dad’s, n there’s leather string ties on my home-made wooden drums which were an art project for a college course.

    That is one grand ballroom there-
    I used to dance alot-
    not so much lately.
    Miss Foxtrotting with my Dad!

  • 11

    On 31 January 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Talon said, 

    Jannie, this brought back some super fine and super fun memories :)

    My 55: Cryptical

  • 12

    On 1 February 2013 at 12:46 am

    Jannie said, 

    Well, Janna-Bo-Banna, what a delight to have you pop on in here from the JannaVerse. Thank you. :I do miss the G-Man gang, and think of you all from time to time. It’s fun to see all you “old” peeps. And it’s amazing how G-Man keeps right on hosting the partay. Awesomeness!

    Snaggle, what’s your jacket size?? If you don’t want to say here, PLEASE EMAIL ME!!! I can mail you tons of nice stuff we got at yard sales. And hey — so maybe you can improve life so you won’t have to stand on your favorite winter hill in long johns, sweatpants AND jeans, all at the same time. :) I have SNOW PANTS — women’s nice quality pair. Only thing is, there is a hole in the bottom of one of the pockets. You have any black thread and a needle??? :) Yes, the creak of an old thick leather coat, like the creak of a ship’s masts — nothing like it!! Wait — I think any lady who is into acoustic violin case repair would probably have a sewing kit too. Home made wooden drums, cool. I love how you repurposed the leather! Sometimes I think of selling my bongoes on eBay. But most times, I don’t. :) I am glad I sold my blue guitar, tho. It was too blue. I made a trade for a lighter shade. No — I didn’t get a new blue guitar. I like my Sunburst Raines. Just fooling around with some new potential lyric for a song story that’s finding a way to come through me. I danced a little in the kitchen tonight, me with the cats. :) How is the Foxtrot different from The Charleston?

    My DEAR TALON, memories triggered for you. You & The Spy setting all the cool dance venues on fire? Barn dances. And beach dances. And ones on decks overlooking rivers. :) And having you here is mighty fine indeed!! To see you out and about warms my heart.


  • 13

    On 1 February 2013 at 4:43 am

    Hilary said, 

    Hi Jannie .. I might bring Hardwick (I need an understanding dance partner!) and with you and BB – we can swing around the dance floor – listening to you hum and single your gentle songs …

    Dancing to the time ahead … floors of our hearts … adding those layers to life after that kiss, when time starts ..

    Great imagery and I love the ballroom … happy weekend with all that ebay and the Game … hugs from a damp us … Hilree xoxoxoxo

  • 14

    On 1 February 2013 at 7:09 am

    Yvonne Osborne said, 

    Wow! What a room for dancing! I’d love to give it a whirl. Good 55 (I do love a guy in a stacked heel leather boot) and congratulations on your yatzee moment. I’ve never come close to that and waaaay overstepped the 55 threshold this time around.

  • 15

    On 1 February 2013 at 10:58 am

    Joy said, 

    Gorgeous…what a grand party one might hold on that dance floor…or an intimate moment…the floor of infinite possibility…and a kiss…yes, please to all of it!

  • 16

    On 1 February 2013 at 11:20 am

    Jannie said, 

    Oh my goodness, look at all the little butterflies who landed in the night.

    HILARY! Please bring Hardwick indeed. Will he have his quality leather stacked-heel boots on too?? Nothing like the sound of hard leather on hardwood floors. Maple makes a nice floor too, I’m a big fan of the home-made taffy swirlycues in it. I think these new songs, that will just weeks hence make their way back into the recording studio, will rock out a bit too in their foot-shakin’ danceability. Now that I read this poem again, it IS a nice one, isn’t if, f I may be so bold to congratulate my own muse that floated around in her Nehru shirt as this wrote itself. (Is that how you spell that??) have fun in the rain, you lucky thing you!! :)

    YVONNE! Yes, I met you via G-Man too, as I muse here in the moment. Now… you’ve got me piqued on “oversteppin’” with your 55 this week. After I get my next 5 auctions Live on eBay, I’ll step me out for some blog-hoppin.’ Wait, I’ve got those 4 or 5 parcels to wrap first, for Postie’s pick-up. Speaking of whom, you know he delivers to 557 homes A DAY!!!!!!!!!!! Holy Freaking Cow!

    JOY! Well, the Universe must be making lots of new stars today, as you grace me with your sungolden spirit. Yes, to all of it indeed!!! Lovin’ your new gravatar, I can see why you like it. Sungolden inside and out. You still living in CA on that dream boat, Girl? Still hula hoopin’ on the dock!??? :)

    Now, to switch gears from bloggin’ to boxin’ and wrappin’ then weighing, taping, labeling, more taping and settin’ out for said Postie, Weldon is his name. And every time he visits his job is always WELL Done. That’s Weldon!! :)


  • 17

    On 1 February 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Mama Zen said, 

    This is so sweet!

  • 18

    On 1 February 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Teresa said, 

    What a wonderful, sweet 55! Love this.

  • 19

    On 1 February 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Dr. J said, 

    Looks like my home… NOT!!

    Not much kissing lately, guess that’s why time is going so slowly…

  • 20

    On 2 February 2013 at 5:54 am

    kaykuala said, 

    It’s so wonderful, Jannie! It’s being young again but with lots of sophistication this time! How nice!


  • 21

    On 2 February 2013 at 10:01 am

    Jannie said, 

    Dearest Mama Zen. Hi! And guess what I was looking at online… gymnastics summer camp for Kelly this year in….. where?? Norman, Oklahoma!! Straight up I35 from here. :) Maybe next year.

    Dearest Teresa… why thank you, Ma’am. Sweet is good. So glad you liked!

    Dr. J. That just ain’t right! Everybody needs some kissin’ :) And I’ve seen glimpses of your home, on your blog right? Looks pretty nice to me.

    Yes, Hank, and this poem reminds me that it’s never too late for love. Never! Ageless and sweet.


  • 22

    On 2 February 2013 at 3:33 pm

    LL Cool Joe said, 

    Now I’d love to dj in that room. I hope the stacked heels don’t ruin the flooring!

  • 23

    On 2 February 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Daisy said, 

    Gorgeous photo! What a wonderful place that would be to dance. Sweet poem, Jannie. I can almost hear the dance music. :-) Hugs to you. I hope you are having a lovely weekend.

  • 24

    On 2 February 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Jannie said, 

    LL cool Joe. In my vast experience with all sorts of hardwoods the world and other planets over, I conclude that it’s the nails in heels that poke out (when the leather gets run down) and mar the finish. And I’ve seen a bunch of pine floors look like golf balls, with all the little nail impressions in them. I suppose after 100 years of dancing on pine flooring it ends up petrified. (especially when too much of any music is played) BUT — Pure, solid, genuine 100% Vintage leather heels on hardwood is akin to the Bach & Beethoven-esque beauty your d-j-ing would Kylie Minogue that room with! :)

    Well, Dearest Daisy — please fess up (and because I’m so nosy…) what would you dance to? I picture you enjoying “Fly Me To The Moon,” “Celebrate (Good Times)” by Kool & The Gang, and….. a bit of the highland fling flung in!! MY KIND of dance music too. Well, pretty-much anything that’s good. No opera, please. :) Sorry to the Opera lovers. Yes, a good weekend, very busy with getting up even earlier than on school mornings to Kelly can train at our gym for 5 hours, while I got a few eBay auctions mobile. Then my Head of Acquisitions, (hubby) and I went to pick up a bunch of stuff he bought last week at a yard sale. Then home to more eBay, but with wine at this time of day, not my morning 3 cups of joe. :) And who knows what grand adventures lie ahead for tonight, and tomorrow. What you up to? Love your hugs — thanks!!!!!!!!!!


  • 25

    On 4 February 2013 at 12:43 am

    claudia said, 

    leather coats, hardwood floor, a dance and a kiss..can it get any better… wonderful…

  • 26

    On 4 February 2013 at 3:01 am

    Ravenblack said, 

    I really like short poems like this that pack so much feeling. Just causes a sigh for the loveliness.

    Cheers to you!

  • 27

    On 4 February 2013 at 6:19 am

    Lynn said, 

    I’d love to slide all over that dance floor with socks. Remember sock hops? :)

    Sorry to be late to the party. xoxoxo

  • 28

    On 4 February 2013 at 10:26 am

    Jannie said, 

    Claudia, I had all but the kiss in Germany. :) (Jim did not meet up with me until Scotland.) It was May Day I remember, beer and live music, good chicken and my brown suede leather coat, always and still a bit big on me, but it was a fabulous price. :) My friends and I cutting a rug on old oak.

    Rave, and I’ve just this morning written a smaller, I mean shorter one. But maybe even bigger??? :) :) yes, sometimes I’m writing and I get to that interesting line point, lately, and I say “Jannie, that’ll do.” Rather than continue into book length. :)

    Lynnie-Bo-Binnie, I’d like to inline skate all over that place, if my wheels would not mar the surface. Yes, I sure do remember sock hops and the heartbreaks of 8th grade. :) :) And glad you made it, I’m just about to head over to your place now, and 9 other blogs. I actually read, enjoyed and commented on 10 blogs last night.


  • 29

    On 4 February 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Poet Laundry said, 

    Wonderful, I love it. Big smile here and I want to be there! And for some reason, the mention of 70’s leather coats gave me a hankering for some 70’s style leather boots…

  • 30

    On 4 February 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Pat Hatt said, 

    The cat would dance away and tramp on many toes haha quite the room as you travel back in time with your dream.

  • 31

    On 4 February 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    It was FF55, for sure. You were already doing them when I first started. Then it turned out you were willing to visit me even when it wasn’t Friday, and I’ve considered you a friend ever since.

  • 32

    On 4 February 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Kim Nelson said, 

    And time starts is the best conceivable ending here. A great tale. A pleasing form. A love story born.

  • 33

    On 4 February 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Mary said, 

    Oh this is lovely, Jannie; and so touching. I so very much enjoyed this poem.

  • 34

    On 4 February 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Liara Covert said, 

    Everything is perfect, however you choose to perceive the unfolding. Imagine you are the light behind the projector, projecting the action of your life. Love every moment. Embody the love you are.

  • 35

    On 4 February 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Audrey Howitt said, 

    Such a sweet write Jannie! Many would get up and dance with you I think!

  • 36

    On 4 February 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Poet Laundry — early 70s or late 70s boots?? When I was 14, ‘76 I got to wear my cousin Brenda’s Fryes. They were a size too small, but I suffered the discomfort just to look great serving at the church hot turkey supper. And I think I got to show them off a day or 2 at school the next week. :)

    Pat — I wonder if your cat would head for the darkest corner, or hunker behind the long velvet curtain? Time travel, parallel universes, one of them always just 2 minutes ahead of this one. :)

    Alice Audrey, Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. And ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. And did I mention Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. And you keep coming back here, in spite of me. :) And you won a give-away of a book from me once, right? And a hand-written letter with nice stamps too, as I recall? :) So awesome we’ve not only remained great friends, but continue to evolve.

    Now, Dearest Kim, the wise ones say time is always starting, internal combustion firing up the old engines endlessly. And all that prelude to a kiss stuff is kinda cool to. In fact who wrote that old standard? And of course with Meg Ryan in the movie it was one I wanted to watch.

    Dearest Mary, hello poetess / marathon gal….. :) You can thank some hidden source for writing this for me. The source of luuuuuuuuuuuuv. :)

    Dearest Liara, i should like to hang out wiht you in person one day, and I’m sure we will, with Nova Scotia and N.B. & all. I really want to see your movie projector light in action! Live and in person, we call that.


  • 37

    On 4 February 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Audrey! Why, you have me blushing, ma’am… :) And many would fancy a whirl with you too!


  • 38

    On 6 February 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Chris Edgar said, 

    Ooh, aren’t you getting all sophisticated with your rhyme scheme? I like the “just now in stacked-heel quality boots” line as well — it’s cool how the ensemble of ’70s clothes has been assembling itself in the narrator’s mind over time.

  • 39

    On 7 February 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Chris-y, well, we go to these yard sales, you see.. and we never know what we’ll pick up. Gordon Rush boots, and other artistry I had heretofore NO idea even existed. Why… one ‘77 ladies long leather coat I now have up for sale has button holes you have to so fight with to get the buttons shut. I guess they had stronger hands in them thar olden daze? All this computering has our fingers weaked, it seems. Wait?? Does this rhyme??? Let me go check… I guess all the world’s a rhyme. And all the men and women daring poets within it. (Sorry Shakespeare…) :)


  • 40

    On 23 February 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Laura Hegfield said, 

    wonderful Jannie… LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that last line… a fine romance:-)

  • 41

    On 15 March 2013 at 7:26 am

    Leslie said, 

    A beautiful dance
    a romantic tune

  • 42

    On 15 March 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Ladies, I am verklempt.



    Drink green beer this Sunday!! :)

    But seriously, thank you. I love you!


  • 43

    On 27 March 2013 at 11:30 am

    Youko said, 

    How about talking about the song that’s playing. If the girl likes the song how about asking her if it could be “our” special song? Talk about other songs that person sings or just other songs. Tell her she looks pretty. Tell her you like her dress ask where she got it from. Tell her you think your mom/sister/cousin shops there. Or you really like her, or how pretty her hair is ask if she did it. If she’s not someone you really like just talk about anything. For example homework, school, ur brother or sister, mother and father. I wish you the best!!

  • 44

    On 17 April 2013 at 11:52 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    Yep. I’ve been blessed. :)

  • 45

    On 25 April 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Youko — you give great spam!!

    AA, dittoes on the blessedness.


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