The Beauty of a Waltz

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Staring out her window she could not say exactly how it went. Every detail was not clear. In her mind, she now held dearly to the beauty and longevity of her story. “Yes my dear you did dance.”

To attend she made no plans, the thought never crossed her mind. It had been a whim, a spur of the moment attendance. A moment in which she had been taught the life altering fact; she really loved the dance.

She remembered how the hours had passed while she sat alone in the decorated gym. Of her smiling and waving to people as they passed and yet, not really wanting to be seen. Happy and content in the solitude of a bench, she watched couples swirl the night away. When from her left, she heard an unfamiliar voice.

”May I have this dance?” She turned slowly to face the voice. As her eyes met his, again he made the request. “Miss, may I have this dance?” She was looking deep into the eyes of a stranger.

The stranger, with the out stretched hand, was asking her to dance. The evening was near its end, “no harm in just one dance,” she thought. Raising her hand to meet the strangers, she replied, “yes” with a ladylike nod.

With his strong arm and gentle grip, he urged her to leave the bench. Standing face to face, eyes coy in gaze, a stance began to unfold. He, rising interlocked right hands to shoulder height while gingerly placing his left onto her waist; she in turn, placed her one freehand upon his shoulder. The stance was complete.

In their completed pose the music began to play. The first step was as though he would step around, then she felt his lead take hold. Her body it did follow. Step by step they glided along the floor. Traveling in a fluid motion, all reservations were now gone. Their eyes locked onto each other, magic was unleashed.

In the beauty of the motion, in the elegance of the stance, in the enchantment of the dance; came her memorable waltz. A waltz, which had encompassed a lifetime full of beautiful motion, simple elegance and an enchanted love.

Now some 70 years later, with the motion no longer full of beauty and the elegance of the stance a solitary one; her mind held tightly to the memory of the enchantment. It had been a lifetime of just one dance; a waltz.

Again she smiled and to herself she did say, “Yes my dear you did dance; a lovely, wonderful, waltz.”

I’m wishing you all the beauty of a dance; a waltz.

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Damyanti said, 

Lovely, lyrical, post.

September 2, 2010 at 11:25 AM  
a sojourner said, 

this really the dance itself.

September 2, 2010 at 12:52 PM  
welcome to my world of poetry said, 

This flowed along superbly and was a wonderful read Jules.


September 2, 2010 at 3:02 PM  
Clarissa Draper said, 

Awww, that's a lovely story. How old was she when she first danced it? She must have been young but to remember it so long in the future. Obviously a big event in her eyes.

September 2, 2010 at 3:16 PM  
welcome to my world of poetry said, 

Sorry Jules about the repeat comment but my computer had a funny five minutes, I thought it wasn't sent but apparently I was wrong..


September 2, 2010 at 4:47 PM  
The Words Crafter said, 

Oh, what a lovely practically floats off the screen like a 3D movie....beautifully done and thank you for this wispy scene in my mind now!

September 2, 2010 at 5:41 PM  
Jules said, 

Damyanti and Sojourer, thank you I was trying.
Yvonne, I'm glad it was only 5 minutes, it's all good though. :)
Clarissa, I don't know. This was just how I imagined my Grandmother feels when she speaks of my Grandfather. She is 92.
Words CrafterOh, thank you for that I was so unsure when I posted this.

September 2, 2010 at 5:50 PM  
Gail said, 

Nothing like a waltz!

I had a similiar experience once, a whole night of dancing with a gentleman.

Someday, I may tell the tale.

September 2, 2010 at 9:18 PM  
arlee bird said, 

What a beautifully written account. As I was reading I kept thinking to myself, I wish I could write like that.

Tossing It Out

September 3, 2010 at 12:35 AM  
Rayna M. Iyer said, 

If I close my eyes, I can feel it happening.
You spin magic with your words.

September 3, 2010 at 12:54 AM  
Jules said, 

Gail I love the waltz, yes tell us your story.
Lee Thank you SO much, you do write like that.
Rayna As do you my friend.

September 3, 2010 at 8:15 AM  
Ellie said, 

I loved this, it was trance like and so beautiful! A moment frozen in time, twirling and swirling memories!
Beautifully written~

September 4, 2010 at 10:21 AM  
Haddock said, 

Like that illustration there.

September 5, 2010 at 8:49 AM  
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