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Fred Astaire - A Poem

Updated on February 19, 2016
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In through the door

walked the man with the cane

By the cut of his clothes

you could tell he was vain

*

There was just something about

how he pulled out his chair

That guy, oh, wait is

that Fred Astaire

*

He snapped his fingers

and ordered a coffee

Then called to the waitress

I like mine frothy

*

The waitress came over

and set his coffee down

Then he took up his cane and

tapped on the ground

*

She turned her head

when she heard the sound

He grabbed her hand

and spun her around

*

He placed his foot

against the closet chair

This man, this dancer,

This Fred Astaire

*

He pushed it away

with pizzazz and some flare

Spun her so hard

showed her red underwear

*

Her skirt flew out

flat as a saucer

She spun so fast

Hey wait, is that Ginger Rogers

*

His feet slipped and they glided

as he leaned on his cane

He admired her legs

thoughts drifting to how to obtain

*

Throughout the café

music decorated the air

That music made her feel like she

danced in Time Square

*

He felt charming and dashing

And quite debonair

She looked and pondered

His thinning brown hair

*

He looked at her face

And saw it was frosty

And thought, hey

I just came in for damn cup of coffee

*

Through the window they

Saw it’d started to rain

The music stopped and

He put down his cane

*

So he sat there at Café Frankfurt

Located on Main

And patiently waited

For the afternoon train


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      mckbirdbks 5 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ruby. So nice to see you. I see that you are among the many who miss having a man with good intentions at the head of the table. A man fit, good natured and able. Perhaps the good that comes, will be what is now dragged into the sun. The Republican party is led by a bum. Hey, this rhyming stuff is fun.

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      mckbirdbks 5 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Good morning, Good to see you back in the neighborhood. Yes, this is lighter than my usual focus these days. I should try and work my way back here to the green zone. Thanks for the nice comment.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      What happened to our anticipated happy days?

      Were we too sure riding our joyful waves?

      We survived the corrupted outcome,

      But our white house has become a place for the wealthy and crooked scum.

      The republicans are running away from the orange twit

      They know he's a loose canon who will destroy the party with one of his tweet fits

      I expect him to self-destruct any day

      Pence can come out of the shadow and pretend to pray

      The DNC will rise and we liberals will once again gain control and say, " Yes we can. "

      Obama, we sure do miss you, da man!

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 weeks ago from Canada

      Morning Mike, I just had to come back to one of your lighter moments to regain a sense of equilibrium...You have the knack for bringing us from dark to light. This is definitely one of your lighter moments. Lovely.

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      mckbirdbks 12 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      We all know this is only a game

      Both candidates are mostly just lame

      but all in all its mostly a shame

      We have no one but ourselves to blame

      ...

      Anthony Weiner wanted to play

      Truth be told, he had nothing to say

      On Tuesday, he will likely go away

      We'll be stuck with results, come what may

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      Shyron E Shenko 12 months ago from Texas

      Ruby and I are lined up and voted

      But, we are not exposing our rump to trump

      In fact we are ready to pull it from beneath him

      The proverbial stump

      Malania, went to work in the USA

      Without a work visa to earn her pay

      Then with the Golden orange goose she would lay

      So he would not deport her from the USA

      Giuliani and trump cooked quite a scheme

      With the help of the FBI and the weiner thing

      As Giuliani boasts of his ties to the FBI

      To blame something else on Hillary they would sure try

      The weiner sent an email attachment

      Giuliani and trump thinking this is it

      To nail Clinton on that they are hell-bent

      What is in the e-mail? I’ll give you a hint

      A sext message from Weiner was sent

      Of him in his superman underwear

      He could not go naked because then we would know

      Weiner had nothing to show

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      mckbirdbks 12 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Line up ladies, D. Trump is near

      He does not want to listen or hear

      And he’s not interested in your ear

      Lean on the bar, while he judges your rear

      Line up ladies, Trump’s in the building

      And beware all, you should be shielding

      the rights you’ve gained, or you’ll be yielding

      to the alpha male, who should be a gelding

      Line up ladies, Trump is is no colt

      When the voting booths open, it’s time to bolt

      It’s time for crime, its time for an electric jolt

      You can simply go and vote

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 12 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Mike, please forgive me. Shyron made me do it, plus MSNBC just announced the FBI is under investigation for possible Russian involvement in the election.

      If this doesn't end soon

      I'll be as crazy as a loon.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 12 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh no Shyron, while you danced the night away

      The orange twit groped ten senior women today

      He is now in jail awaiting his trial date

      Crying like a baby knowing his fate

      Melenia has flown the coop

      His kids standing in line, begging for soup

      Their dog Spinee happy and feeling relief

      He knew living in the white house would only bring grief

      The Thump Tower sold to pay back taxes

      Putin refusing to take any more calls of faxes

      I'd say the Don has hit rock bottom

      While our gal Hillary Rodham

      Is tasting sweet victory

      Sitting in the oval office sipping a cup of tea.

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      Shyron E Shenko 12 months ago from Texas

      Fred Astaire sure had flair

      When he waltzed across the floor

      It was like a dancing affair

      As he held Ginger just right

      And every man’s daughter

      And every man’s wife

      Would give their eye tooth

      To be Ginger tonight

      I was lifted right out of my seat

      Then swept right off my feet

      And I was dancing on air with Fred Astaire

      We danced to the victory the election complete

      The Donald will not be taking the Presidential seat

      *

      *

      Mike this is just as good the second and third time around.

      Blessings and hugs my friend.

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      mckbirdbks 12 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hi Paula - I woke from my nap. Just missed you being silly. Have a good weekend.

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      mckbirdbks 12 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Oh Ruby you do as you please

      You rhyme with incredible ease

      Just hope that the works don't all freeze

      or we'll all be eating government cheese

      ....

      We look to a change at the top

      and are offered an old orange mop

      it is only the vote that will stop

      hope the Democrates don't belly flop

      ...

      Be on the right side of history

      remove the dark veil of mystery

      and winters all windy and blistery

      and vote for a Hillary victory

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      Paula 12 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Hmmmm, Ruby, I just happen to catch this while checking to see if I'd already read Mike's poem ( I did). What rhymes with Victory?? I guess it would to be 2 words like "good story" "sick story"..."hick story"?????/ LOL. I think I need a nap. I'm getting silly!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 12 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Lordy you got my rhyme mode going crazy

      Remember the pre stroke tizzy of ' Driving Miss Daisey '

      I'm there! I need Morgan Freeman to soothe my sense's

      If Trump wins, I will be a ' Rebel with a cause '

      My sweetness will evaporate, showing my too many flaws

      I can't give anymore money

      Even when the DNC calls me their liberal honey

      If Hillary loses my B/P is sure to go sky high

      I'll probably stroke like Miss Daisy and die

      But I heard it through the grape line, she ' ain't gonna lose

      Cause Trump's snorting is gonna blow a fuse

      Talk about a rigged election

      We liberals are gonna need protection

      When we take to the streets shouting sweet victory

      I'm out of words. What rhymes with victory?

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      mckbirdbks 12 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ruby, Oh what a thrill

      Guess, you and I will

      just have to wait until

      That not too far off election day

      and see what the people are going to say

      then we will know if it is safe to stay

      right here in the U.S. of A.

      ...

      Many think, we are already a dump, they ain't

      seen nothing until they see Donald Trump

      We are going to miss our President Obama

      and head into times so filled with drama

      ...

      Nearing the end, running out of rhyme

      If we don't elect Clinton it will be a crime

      So come on people go and have your say

      right here in the U.S. of A.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 12 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I followed Ann to watch Ginger and Fred dance again

      Do you see the need for more poetry like this my friend?

      I'm so tired of this election season

      I needed a smile, so that's the reason

      I tapped my toes

      To get rid of these woes

      I voted two days ago

      It stopped me from wanting to blow

      Go Hillary, go!

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      mckbirdbks 12 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ann - thanks for revisiting this. One of the few 'fun' reads I have presented.

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      Ann Carr 12 months ago from SW England

      Came to this and saw that I'd already read it! It's just as good second time around and one can feel the rhythm of his dance - wonderful!

      Ann

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      mckbirdbks 21 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Kathleen Kerswig what a nice way to spend your time and energy. What great memories you have. Thanks for sharing your time and a bit of dance!

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      Kathleen Kerswig 21 months ago

      Great poem! I studied tap and jazz for 16 years and Fred Astaire was someone I could watch dance for hours. Thank you for this beautiful reminder of the days when I threw all of my energy into tapping my heart out. Blessings!

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      mckbirdbks 21 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Ruby, I think it’s be grand

      If Fred took your sweet hand

      And lead you to spin on the floor

      where there would be smiles galore

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I just had to come back and watch Fred and Ginger dance

      I wonder if by chance

      I could dream that Fred took me for a spin?

      He would hold me close and I would attempt to hide my silly grin

      He might even ask me to sit awhile

      Of course I would say " yes " and my grin would become a sexy smile.

      Hee....

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      mckbirdbks 21 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Paula. I agree Fred does command the top spot. I know a couple of people who have 'dived' into dance and found real escape from their worlds. I will take your word for it coming quite naturally to some. I am not in that group. I am s show stopper, but for the wrong reasons.

      Thank you for that nice compliment. You are much appreciated.

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      mckbirdbks 21 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Sha. I keep saying as a point of argument that 'things aren't getting better and better'. Here again in the movies this holds true. Maybe the difference is between entertainment, and what ever it is they are doing now. Thanks for the visit.

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      Paula 21 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Fred is the all-time King of dance....no doubt about it. Your poetic tribute is perfect, Mike. Nothing more attractive to women than a man who can twirl her across the floor. To some it comes quite naturally. IMHO, everyone would benefit by learning to dance. It's one of those simple pleasure in life we have too few of....

      Your wonderful writing talent is another pleasure!

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      Shauna L Bowling 21 months ago from Central Florida

      Show business today doesn't hold a candle to the likes of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Thanks for bringing some real entertainment to these pages, Mike!

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      mckbirdbks 21 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Patty. What a nice comment. It does a persons heart good to watch good dancing. That explains all the dance movies that are made each year. The world was so different around the second world war. I think it cool that your Mom taught dancing.

      I am a terrible dancer.

      Thank you for your visit today.

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      Patty Inglish 21 months ago from North America

      This poem is a total vision of a movie sequence I would like to see. Too bad Fred and Ginger are no longer with us - nor that type of movie.

      Around about WWII, my mother and other women her age not working in factories taught dancing at Fred Astaire and Arthur Murray schools of dancing here. I never learned to dance, but I enjoy watching, especially Fred.

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      mckbirdbks 21 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Thank you Frank. Just a light piece to get away from the darker pieces I have been writing.

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      Frank Atanacio 21 months ago from Shelton

      This was fantastic.. I loved it

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      mckbirdbks 21 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Theresa. I needed something lighter in the mix. Can't make you all cry every week. haha

      I am happy that you are finding some time for yourself and your writing. (I am a little bias about your writing.)

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      Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

      Hahaha ...oh, how delightful, Mike!

      You've written a brilliant poem in such a way that makes one feel as if we are there being twirled around with Fred Astaire!

      You are becoming my favorite poet here on HP ...hmm, keep these babies coming.

      I think you penned this one just right, even to Fred's character.

      Bravo!

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      mckbirdbks 21 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hi savvydating. It requires a lot of talent to make it as a dancer, so your son did well. He has that on his resume, now on to new challenges.

      Thank you for the Valentines Day greetings - most appreciated.

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      Yves 21 months ago

      Ha. Me neither. My son got his rhythm from his dad. Actually, my son is semi-retired, having already danced with American Repertory Ballet. But he is still considered a "professional." :)

      If I don't drop by before then, I hope you have a delightful Valentines Day!!

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      mckbirdbks 21 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello savvydating - Hope you are well. Yes, I needed a 'fun' change, this was just a light and easy piece of writing. The pen must have found me in a rare light mood.

      How interesting, your son makes you very proud. I wish him a successful career.

      I did not even see the rhythm line when they were passing out attributes.

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      Yves 21 months ago

      Well! This is a fun change. Yes, I do admire those who are lite on their feet. Dancing is so joyous.

      Your poem is a lovely tribute to two of our beloved American stars. My own son is a professional dancer.

      Please forgive me, but after I watched the video I felt that my offspring's critique would be, "Hey Fred, get those shoulders back and...chest up." Yeah, ballet dancers are picky that way.

      Lovely poem, dear mckbirdbks!

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      mckbirdbks 21 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Shyron was earth bound no more

      as her feet slid across the floor

      Fred spun her with such practiced ease

      The audience called, ‘more please’

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      Shyron E Shenko 21 months ago from Texas

      Mike, as the music plays in my head

      in the visual it is not Ginger, it is me instead

      I am glad that it was Fred

      And so happy he is the one that lead

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      *

      one of my favorites, thank you Mike, I guess you know I love poetry.

      Blessings my friend.

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      mckbirdbks 21 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Gypsy. Nice to know I sent a smile your way.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 21 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      This made me smile. A really great tribute to Fred Astaire.

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      mckbirdbks 21 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello mar. Yes the dancers in the video are light on their feet and make it look so easy. Have a good night.

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      mckbirdbks 21 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello John. Yes, this was just a light poem just to deliver smiles. Thanks for joining in the fun.

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      Maria Jordan 21 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Came back to watch Swing Time again before I dance myself into dreamland.

      Good night, dear Mike and thanks for making me smile. Hugs, mar

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      John Hansen 21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Good to see more poetry from you Mike, and such a fun poem at that. Fred and Ginger what a couple.

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      mckbirdbks 21 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Peg. I always envied those that could dance. I have no rhythm. Fred Astaire and a few others made it look so easy and graceful.

      So, nice that Aunt Helen and Aunt Louise were blessed with grace. How cool that they went to competitions and even one a few ribbons. Life can be rich.

      Thanks for the visit this afternoon.

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      Peg Cole 21 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      Those were the days when dancing was beautiful! I love Fred Astaire and those old movies and songs. Aunt Helen and Aunt Louise took dance lessons at his studio in Ft. Worth and went on international ballroom dance tournaments. They even won a few awards. Oh, what fun to remember. They even paid for a couple of lessons for their niece with two left feet.

      And what a great way to capture the times in your happy and fun poem. Watching the music video now. Two thumbs up.

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      mckbirdbks 21 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Good morning Genna. This is just a light piece. I needed to publish something different. Enjoy your Sunday

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      mckbirdbks 21 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Martie - Happy Sunday. Fred Astairecould dance-dance-dance. What could be more cheerful than that.

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      mckbirdbks 21 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Bill - Fred Astaire was such a good entertainer. He usually played parts that were meant to lift our spirits. Movies don't seem to do that now-a-days.

      Happy Sunday.

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      Genna East 21 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      This poem is such a charmer, Mike! I enjoyed it and the video immensely. Thank you. :-)

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      Martie Coetser 21 months ago from South Africa

      Oh, Fred Astair is a legend!

      I love the words and the rhythm of this very vivid poem.

      Thank you, Mck!

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I wonder how many hours I sat in front of the tv and watched this man dance when I was a kid? He was a dazzler, and so is this tribute.

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      mckbirdbks 21 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello PoetwoPoem. Thanks for visiting this corner of the world this evening. This was just a light and breezy piece. Glad you enjoyed it.

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      Rudy Lopez 21 months ago from Dallas

      Beautiful poem, I saw it so vividly in my imagination. Thank you for sharing.

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      mckbirdbks 21 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Ann it sounds like a glorious trip. Glad you enjoyed yourselves.

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      Ann Carr 21 months ago from SW England

      It was fantastic and we saw what we went for - the Northern Lights! Amazing!

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      mckbirdbks 21 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ann. Sounds like you had a wonderful time on your cruise to Norway. It sounds like a memorable experience.

      It is a nice quite.

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      Ann Carr 21 months ago from SW England

      I learnt to dance when I went on a cruise to Norway; I love it (though I'm not at all accomplished) and hope to do more.

      I love that quote!

      Happy Saturday to you too.

      Ann

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      mckbirdbks 21 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Thanks Ann. Happy Saturday. Yes, Fred was light on his feet. I always liked the quote, I think by Ginger Rodgers. It went something like, "She did everything Fred Astaire did, only in heels and backwards."

      Yes, if only it was that easy. When I dance, people act as though I was doing stand up comedy.

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      Ann Carr 21 months ago from SW England

      What a great story via a wonderful poem, following the rhythm of a dance from Fred. His dancing was so effortless, wasn't it? If only it was that easy! I could watch him, alone or with Ginger Rogers, all day.

      Your poetry is as good as your stories, Mike.

      Ann

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      mckbirdbks 21 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Good morning snakeslane. Thank you. I needed to publish something light. Have a great Saturday.

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      mckbirdbks 21 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello mar. Thanks for adding some spice to the Fred and Ginger Show. That brought a smile. Happy Saturday.

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      Verlie Burroughs 21 months ago from Canada

      Nice, really really nice :)

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      Maria Jordan 21 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      F- "May I have this dance?"

      G- Is he after romance?

      F- Lemme sneak a glance...

      G- "Maybe, let's take a chance!"

      Starting to love Saturday mornings... ;)

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      mckbirdbks 21 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ruby. Happy Saturday. Thank you for stopping by for a smile here at this light-hearted poem. Enjoy your day.

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      mckbirdbks 21 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Alastar Packer. Good to see you. Fred Astaire was one of a kind. I published this to get away from being 'only' the guy who publishes a story every week where someone dies. So, here it is.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh, how much did I love this? A bunch! You are so very creative. I've missed your poetry. Now I'll go watch the video....

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      Alastar Packer 21 months ago from North Carolina

      "...if you wanna eat you gotta dance like Fred Astaire...] Remember Leo Sayer's '70s song? This is a marvelous poem and homage to the master of dance. Thanks, Mike. There will never be another one like him.