Douglas McHargue’s “Dance of Your Dreams” after Mary Charles Griffin

image.jpeg

Douglas McHargue talks about her poem with the audience inspired by the painting of Mary Charles Griffin at the March 18, 2017 Art of Poetry.  The painting is part of the “Woman Made” exhibit through April 23 at Hickory Museum of Art.  Photo courtesy of Roger and Ginny Sanford.

Douglas McHargue
DANCE OF YOUR DREAMS
After “Junior Prom” by Mary Charles Griffin

Your prom. In a dream
looks like this, punch bowl
at center, vodka flaming
from Jack’s flask
when chaperones blinked.

Colors swirl, flow
as you dance, midnight
blue, red satin on cream
skin shouldering tropical
flowers from rainforests
with all secrets, dripping
leaves, butterflies, spiders
the size of a man’s hands
that hold you now,
you and your white washed
mouth always whispering
to the cold war sky
afraid to tempt any gods
and now flying across this room,
great circle of dancers
nothing but color and light
far beyond a mushroom cloud.

Advertisements

About missmellibrary

A children's librarian who loves to excite youth about reading!
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

6 Responses to Douglas McHargue’s “Dance of Your Dreams” after Mary Charles Griffin

  1. Always admire your poems, Doug. Happy Spring!

  2. Kelly DeMaegd says:

    This is one of my favorite poems that you’ve written, Doug! Nice job!

  3. patricia deaton says:

    Absolutely love this poem, Doug!!! Bravo!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s