Barn Dance - SPOKEN

from by M.L.Holton - Canadian Poet

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    Spoken words of potent poetry by Canadian artist, M.L.Holton, parallels the narrative nuances of her personalized music.
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Canadian Poet, M.L.Holton, recites her poem, Barn Dance


Barn Dance

the night is still young in this ancient oak hall as
children and shaggy dogs scamper from bale to bale
a tiny light shines above in the hallowed hay loft
a small jack o’ lantern ricochets off broad beams and barn board
in this cavernous old place so magical and mysterious

soon manly young men practice their quickening steps
humming happily on once hip-hidden harmonicas while
their soon-to-be honeys press and preen their skirts, their hair
and awkward middle-aged marrieds clumsily moon about
like slow courting snails: the dance begins soon

when the old fiddler finally plucks his first frisky note
the eldest pair stand and slow begin a fine waltzing float
children (and dogs) gaze on with wide-eyed delight
as the fiddler’s fingers slow gain faster in flight

soon all is raw, ruddy and radiant with reels, country gals
and coarse gents high step and high stomp to honey sweet spiels quadrilles and crescents, low whoops and high hollers
familiar faces flash meet, and young couples, hands clasped
dart swift out of doors past grand-dads who doze, until the fiddler
loud roars - ‘Last Call! Only One More!’

hollering hoarse he demands cold dripping ales
while happy tired children turn a soft moonlight pale
quietly they climb to the loft up above, curling up dreaming
as their married elders labour love, below waltzing royal
a renewed welcome reward for their long daily toil

the barn beams sturdy protect all within so that
when that tin roof clatters from another passing rain
that old fiddler cheerfully begins, yes, yet again
his last, yes, his last, roof raising refrain


from CANADADA: TAKE TWO, released March 15, 2017
MLHolton - Poetry - Spoken Word



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Self-taught, mid-career, award-winning artist, author & filmmaker from the Golden Horseshoe Region of Southern Ontario, Canadada.... In sum, a devoted advocate of 'Serious Fun'.

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