A Proclamation and Pledge

for Those Who Do Not Dance

Awkward people unite!
We hereby proclaim 
that we shall 
not be dancers

We agree to step 
far away from 
the dance floor
We further agree to take 
our two left feet
set ourselves upon
our chairs and
plant those appendages
firmly on the floor

Thereby and thenceforth
we agree to remain 
far away from the temptation
to throw caution to the wind
We take no chance that we 
may become infected
with this annoying
delight in movement
to some intoxicating music
We hold and affirm  
that particular expression
is for other people

With this pledge we
take no risk to 
look foolish 
Those who bask 
in the joy far from
their daily grind clearly
have special talents
not possessed by us

With this proclamation
we shall be free in our 
decision to forever avoid
all such consequences

You may hereby
sign below

The fine print- 
Tapping your toe
under the table
is permitted provided
a room is dark and
no one is looking

This poem was written from the prompt “Dance” by Eugi


As it happens I teach dance and have seen hundreds of people sit in their chairs as they at the same time lean toward the floor and tap their feet. I see the wrestling in their mind as to whether or not to join in. The phrase “Two Left Feet” has become the catch phrase.

Our culture has a strong aversion to embarrassment and this plays out particularly in dance,
The truth is, yes some people learn more easily and dance is not for everyone. And in truth, learning something new is a place where we expose our vulnerabilities. Everything takes time to learn, but the joy in a measure of success is worth it.

We should do more of it.

7 thoughts on “A Proclamation and Pledge

  1. I love your poem. I started taking dance lessons at a young age and I love to dance! Plus, dancing is good for one as they age because it helps with balance, coordination, and staying agile. Your last two lines of your narrative is spot on!

  2. Wow, you described me. I was too shy to dance, so what came to my mind was exactly as how you put it in your words. So there, I’ll give you my signature and then stick to the toe tapping 🙂 Nice work.

  3. I LOVE to dance — my daughters and I have always danced together. At my wedding and my eldest daughter’s wedding, we danced our ‘famous’ routine to Tina Turner’s Proud Mary — it is aour signature piece.
    I studied under Gabriel Roth for years — and lead many five wave sessions — I love the freedom to simply feel the music and let myself go — my daughters call it crazy dance!
    I think we all ned a little crazy dance in our lives! 🙂

    Great poem and pledge Lilli Ann!

  4. Pingback: Eugi’s Weekly Prompt – Dance – Roundup – Eugi's Causerie

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