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Dancer in the Mist

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A study in greys, the lake and the trees,

She appeared in the haze, swirls of mist in the breeze,

A phantom, unreal, like a dream, a part of the scene.

She danced and entranced as, gliding gracefully,

She drew closer and closer with each sweep

Of her feet, until gradually she stopped

Within reach of his arms, outstretched to touch

This vision of beauty. But she wasn’t there –

Naught but the cold damp air.


©Denise G Allen, 05 March 2013 16:14


Come and Dance with Me


Come and dance with me

Let us move to the music

As the tide draws the sea

Come and dance with me

‘Til we feel our hearts beating

In rhyme, yours and mine

Come and dance with me

Just you and I

Beneath a star-studded sky

With the moon riding high

And the man in the moon waves goodbye


©DGA 27 September 2011 11:18





My dear, he said,
How nice to see you again.
Would you dance with me?
He bent his head
And kissed her hand,
Lingering longer
Than he need.

She looked at him,
Met his eyes for an instant
Then dropped her gaze.
Unwilling to show
The dislike she felt.
I would love to, she replied,
If you only could.

noun • /KAR-ee-un-tiz-um/ • a gracefully veiled insult.


Charientism is the hardest of the four for me to specify because the definitions don’t always agree with each other. The OED has “gracefulness of style, expression of an unpleasant thing in a pleasant style.” Anyone who has ever studied New Testament Greek can see the word “Charis” behind it, which is the central NT term for “grace.” So, charientism appears simply to be an ability to speak graciously, and even to “cover over” the rough spots or unpleasant realities of the moment with smooth speech. Thus, a diplomat would need to practice charientism regularly. In classical Greek the term charientismos describes a person who is a wit or jester.

It can also refer to someone who is “charming.” One who is a charientismos is opposite to someone who speaks in a piercing, sharp, hasty or earnest manner. In his online rhetoric, Professor Burton defines the term as “mollifiying harsh words by answering them with smooth and appeasing mock.” Maybe. The root concept, however, seems to be the “charm” of the person responding, who is able by the calm and even gently ironic or humorous manner to “take the sting” out of what has been said. It is a very valuable verbal skill to have.