Today's poem is by Choman Hardi

The Three Dancers, 1925

The flawless woman stands on one foot
holding the men's hands up
in a dance that she leads.

The man on her right, half brown half white,
seems to be blind. His shadow
larger than he would ever be.

On her left the other man is abstracted,
broken into fragments. He bends
backwards with music in his heart.

Behind her back they still
hold hands, a timid hanging on
to a friendship long gone.

Copyright © 2016 Choman Hardi All rights reserved
from Considering the Women
Bloodaxe Books
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission

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