For Nan (wherever you are)

Brenda moves with glacial elegance

Her dress floats and folds

Her partner has never looked better

The way they move together

Almost like making love

He leads her across the ballroom

Their feet skating as one

Their fingers entwined

As Glenn Miller serenades them

The moonlight shines through

Painting their faces

A spotlight on their smiles

 

First I held him lightly and we started to dance
Then I held him tightly what a dreamy romance

The dance comes to an end

Rapturous applause

Brenda takes a bow as her partner cheers along

He kisses her then

Softly

Breathes into her

Fills her with his life

“Well” he answered “Baby, don’t you know that it’s rude
To keep my two lips waiting when they’re in the mood”

The band strike up once more

A slow one just for her

As her partner holds her tightly

And they blend as one

Suddenly the music changes

Becomes jerky and spasmodic

Her partners face begins to melt away

The crowd run and scream

The song is coming out mangled

Deformed

A sickening echo

Reflected from beauty

In the mood, that’s what he told me
In the mood, that’s what he told me
In the mood, that’s what he told me
In the mood, that’s what he told me
In the mood, that’s what he told me
In the mood, that’s what he told me

In the mood, that’s wha In the mood, that’s wha In the mood, that’s wha

In the mood, that’s wha In the mood, that’s wha In the mood, that’s wha

In the mood, that’s wha In the mood, that’s wha In the mood, that’s wha

In the mood, that’s wha In the mood, that’s wha In the mood, that’s wha

that’s wha that’s wha that’s wha

that’s wha

that’s wha

that’s wha

that’s wha

that’s wha

Brenda jumps awake

Damp with sweat

The CD player skips and sighs

The heating went off hours ago

Her breath forms sad clouds before her eyes

As tears roll down her cheek

Nostalgia leaves her empty once more.

©Stuart Buck

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