Casanova's Bossa Nova

By Rich Murphy Rich Murphy
The dance shoes, seduction
and coercion, owned by male feet,
roam floors that beg for chandeliers.
In search of flat-footed beauty

and a bed, where ever they might be,
the handsome conversation attracts
female followers trading on the smiles
of curves. The next steps are dizzying

and leave dresses dipped and hung over
with a purse and heart opened at
their tops. The wallflowers can't say
when the tango with the rag doll began,

but witnesses toasted a conga line
of would-be brides that transcend
a retirement community in Florida,
each giving up their precious moments

on Earth to fandango's flimflam.

Source: Poetry (June 2002).

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