Mating Dance – Poem of the Month – January, 2022

Mating Dance

A gentle touch
as if a feather
slowly stroking skin
Sending an uncontrollable
shiver down the spine
Dark eyes
holding a gaze longer
than is comfortable
Alluring, anticipating
Powerful, charismatic
The mating dance 
of two exotic birds?
Is the performance enough?
Maybe, maybe not


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Merril is hosting at D'Verse Poets tonight and has prompted us to write
a Quadrille incorporating the word 'Shiver'

A Quadrille is a poem of exactly 44 words excluding the title



Photo - Pixabay

  30 comments for “Mating Dance – Poem of the Month – January, 2022

  1. Anonymous
    January 25, 2022 at 4:48 pm

    I love that last line which underscores the tenuous nature of the shiver.

    • January 25, 2022 at 4:50 pm

      forgot to leave my name 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      January 26, 2022 at 5:08 pm

      Thank you Anonymous! ☺️💕

  2. January 25, 2022 at 3:08 pm

    I fear it’s just a lure with little behind… (as it usually is)

    • Christine Bolton
      January 26, 2022 at 5:22 pm

      Yes as someone pointed out about the peacock too. The flashy part is at the front and not much on the behind! Lol 🤣

  3. De Jackson
    January 25, 2022 at 2:00 pm

    Beautiful. I can see this, playing out.

    • Christine Bolton
      January 25, 2022 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks De ☺️💕

  4. January 25, 2022 at 11:51 am

    Nicely done, this exploring of the mating dance– peacocks (and humans). 😀

    • Christine Bolton
      January 26, 2022 at 5:23 pm

      Thanks Merril ☺️💕

      • January 26, 2022 at 5:23 pm

        You’re welcome!

  5. January 25, 2022 at 3:35 am

    Beautiful, Christine!

    <3
    David

    • Christine Bolton
      January 25, 2022 at 8:42 am

      Thank you David ☺️💕

  6. Ain
    January 25, 2022 at 1:49 am

    Vivid, intrically described; one can sense the languid bird, beautifully presented……and then the ending! Brilliant! Of course this applies to us all, one way or another – stunned by the quality…and philosophy…of this poetry..

    • Christine Bolton
      January 25, 2022 at 8:41 am

      Oh you’re too kind Ain. Thank you for such positive feedback ack. Much appreciated ☺️💕

  7. January 25, 2022 at 1:47 am

    What a charming quadrille on the mating games, Christine! 😊❤️

    • Christine Bolton
      January 25, 2022 at 8:40 am

      Thank you so much Punam ☺️💕

      • January 26, 2022 at 2:01 pm

        My pleasure, dear friend. 🥰

  8. January 25, 2022 at 1:43 am

    Indeed, peacocks do ‘shiver’ their tail feathers! Great write!

    • Christine Bolton
      January 25, 2022 at 8:39 am

      Ah yes they do! Thank you so much Carol ☺️💕

      • January 25, 2022 at 6:24 pm

        …and it looks very impressive seen from the front, but somewhat ridiculous from the other side. 😀
        I love this take on the prompt.

      • Christine Bolton
        January 25, 2022 at 8:44 pm

        Yes! That’s right….such a show off 🤣

  9. January 24, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    Very vividly written Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      January 25, 2022 at 8:39 am

      Thank you very much Sadje ☺️💕

      • January 25, 2022 at 10:01 am

        You’re welcome

  10. January 24, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    Their rituals are so fascinating and all to get the attention of the other. Hopefully the performance is enough, smiles.

    • Christine Bolton
      January 24, 2022 at 10:06 pm

      Thanks Grace. I recently watched a fabulous Netflix program on the courting rituals of exotic birds in New Guinea. It was amazing, and so entertaining! ☺️💕

  11. January 24, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    Love the peacocks and the flirty feather play. Wonderful.

    • Christine Bolton
      January 24, 2022 at 10:04 pm

      ☺️ Thanks so much. I’m happy you liked it!

  12. January 24, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    Oh, I love this one.

    • Christine Bolton
      January 24, 2022 at 10:03 pm

      Thanks Bridgette! ☺️

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