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


Fred and Audrey Hepburn
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      • mckbirdbks profile imageAUTHOR

        mckbirdbks 

        19 months 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.

      • mckbirdbks profile imageAUTHOR

        mckbirdbks 

        19 months 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.

      • always exploring profile image

        Ruby Jean Richert 

        19 months 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!

      • snakeslane profile image

        Verlie Burroughs 

        19 months 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.

      • mckbirdbks profile imageAUTHOR

        mckbirdbks 

        2 years 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

      • Shyron E Shenko profile image

        Shyron E Shenko 

        2 years 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

      • mckbirdbks profile imageAUTHOR

        mckbirdbks 

        2 years 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

      • always exploring profile image

        Ruby Jean Richert 

        2 years 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.

      • always exploring profile image

        Ruby Jean Richert 

        2 years 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.

      • Shyron E Shenko profile image

        Shyron E Shenko 

        2 years 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.

      • mckbirdbks profile imageAUTHOR

        mckbirdbks 

        2 years 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.

      • mckbirdbks profile imageAUTHOR

        mckbirdbks 

        2 years 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 

        2 years 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!

      • always exploring profile image

        Ruby Jean Richert 

        2 years 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?

      • mckbirdbks profile imageAUTHOR

        mckbirdbks 

        2 years 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.

      • always exploring profile image

        Ruby Jean Richert 

        2 years 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!

      • mckbirdbks profile imageAUTHOR

        mckbirdbks 

        2 years 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 

        2 years 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

      • mckbirdbks profile imageAUTHOR

        mckbirdbks 

        3 years 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 

        3 years 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!

      • mckbirdbks profile imageAUTHOR

        mckbirdbks 

        3 years 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 Richert 

        3 years 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....

      • mckbirdbks profile imageAUTHOR

        mckbirdbks 

        3 years 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.

      • mckbirdbks profile imageAUTHOR

        mckbirdbks 

        3 years 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 

        3 years 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 

        3 years 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!

      • mckbirdbks profile imageAUTHOR

        mckbirdbks 

        3 years 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 MS 

        3 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

        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 

        3 years 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 

        3 years ago from Shelton

        This was fantastic.. I loved it

      • mckbirdbks profile imageAUTHOR

        mckbirdbks 

        3 years 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 

        3 years 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 

        3 years 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 

        3 years 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!!

      • mckbirdbks profile imageAUTHOR

        mckbirdbks 

        3 years 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 

        3 years 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 

        3 years 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 

        3 years 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

        *

        *

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

        Blessings my friend.

      • mckbirdbks profile imageAUTHOR

        mckbirdbks 

        3 years 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 

        3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

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

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        mckbirdbks 

        3 years 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 

        3 years 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 

        3 years 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 

        3 years 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 

        3 years 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 

        3 years ago from Northeast of 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 

        3 years 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 

        3 years 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 

        3 years 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 

        3 years 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 

        3 years 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 

        3 years 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 

        3 years 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 

        3 years ago from Dallas

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

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        mckbirdbks 

        3 years 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 

        3 years ago from SW England

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

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        mckbirdbks 

        3 years 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 

        3 years 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 

        3 years 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 

        3 years 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 

        3 years 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 

        3 years 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 

        3 years ago from Canada

        Nice, really really nice :)

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        Maria Jordan 

        3 years 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 

        3 years 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 

        3 years 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 Richert 

        3 years 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 

        3 years 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.

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