Friday, October 09, 2009

She dances for her own delight

Before the mirror's dance of shadows
She dances in a dream,
And she and they together seem
A dance of shadows,
Alike the shadows of a dream...

The orange-rosy lamps are trembling
Between the robes that turn;
In ruddy flowers of flame that burn
The lights are trembling:
The shadows and the dancers turn.

And, enigmatically smiling,
In the mysterious night,
She dances for her own delight,
A shadow smiling
Back to a shadow in the night.

Text: from La Melinite: Moulin Rouge (1895) by Arthur Symons;
Photo: by Luba Roniss (2009) at Flickr.

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