Two-step Light Dance


On a dark and deserted beach
light and water entwine
in relentless tumbles;
gentle but determined waves
wash the sand
with sighs of futility.

The city’s Christmas lights,
refracted in parallel
trembling lines
of blue and ochre,
water and earth,
swell, sway,
then disappear
in the hollow of a curl,
to emerge again
in a two-step waltz.

They rock and sway
constantly side by side,
nearly touching,
yet not bridging the gap…
until they bleed and run
on wet sand
in the last notes
of a retreating whisper,
glistening brightly
just long enough
to paint a dream
then erase it.


About emmylgant

Cloud watcher and dreamer sometimes wise, often foolish, but I am what I am.
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15 Responses to Two-step Light Dance

  1. Dear Emmy,

    Lovely poem, particularly the last three lines. I enjoyed this very much.



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  2. arjaybe says:

    As you painted it with words, I was thinking of how painters have struggled with showing light on water. Especially before cameras. It’s a good metaphor for ephemeral.


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  3. makagutu says:

    Dear Em
    I just dropped by to send seasons greetings and to wish you a prosperous 2017


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  4. john zande says:

    Hope you had (are having) a wonderful Christmas!

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    • emmylgant says:

      I was very fortunate this year to have my daughter visit for the holidays. We could have had gruel (but didn’t) and still have fun just being together. So yes, I had a wonderful end to the year. I hope your Xmas was a happy one and that 2017 will be kinder than 2016 to all of us. Hugs

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  5. Hyperion says:

    Ah, this was it, Em. The Magic Pen that paints enchanting scenes with just the right words was never far. Reared near the ocean, I’ve always had an affinity for it. The often tempestuous love between sea and shore never loses its enchantment for me. You capture it so well from first line to last. Selfishly, I yearn for more.

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    • emmylgant says:

      Thank you Dan, you are very kind. I hope to get over the silent screams and get past first drafts in the near future. It’s the plan anyway.
      Happy New Year my friend.

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      • Hyperion says:

        Thank you, Em 😊 and, a wonderful New Year to you as well. May there be Snoopy Dancing and bright mornings in the garden all year.

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  6. nannus says:

    May the dream stay with you. Best wishes!


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  7. ceayr says:

    As mesmerising as always, you paint images with words and rhythms.
    Bizarrely, perhaps, this made me think of Hotel the Eagles, just so much better.
    Utterly enchanting.


    • emmylgant says:

      Hotel California… hmm. I wonder which lines.
      There is enchantment in the ebb and flow of lights on the water, warping light waves on waves… you can check in but you can’t leave?
      I’m glad you enjoyed this.


  8. PapaBear says:

    Christmas lights, Emm ????? Stores have already skipped over Valentine’s Day and are peddling St. Patrick !!!
    May your New Year be blessed with peace, happiness and love, dear friend. Hugs ! 🙂


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