Yesterday and Today
Raves and pubs have taken the place
of Big Band music and Ballroom dance.
Senses dulled and deafened by noise,
they court romance, fortified by booze.
Things were different when I was young;
Ballrooms were places of courtship and dance.
Romantic music flowed in ripples and waves
as we danced the Foxtrot, Tango, and Waltz.
Memories flood back of that very first chance,
fingers crossed, I asked, ‘May I have this dance? ’
Oh, the thrill and relief when she said yes;
even greater thrill when we danced so close.
Many such moments would come and go;
I began to wonder if it would always be so.
Pretty girls, pleasant company, but no romance;
then out of the blue came a fateful chance.
I saw her, I didn’t need a second glance,
rushed to ask her, ‘May I have this dance? ’
Somehow I knew her answer would be yes.
And to the Rumba rhythm we danced close.
That evening Cupid shot an arrow,
grazed my heart, wounded it.
I felt a twinge and somehow knew
the thing I felt was something new.
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