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Bygone Days of Dixie
by Susan K. de Vegter
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
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She recalls the silly, insidious jerk
The nuance of pleasure from a mysterious quirk
Her eyes that penetrate way across the room
Smiles half-mooned with a passionate zoom
Hair all a mess with blonde springing curls
Draping around eyes of this sensitive girl
Pulled to the sight toward a man in the shadow
All trussed in a ponytail, his mane in an ebb flow
Looks like a wolf...perish the thought
"Me, am I Scarlette?" Dressed out and fraught!
Knees shake to rattle...tremors to nerves
Eyes bold and frightened...dancing on curves
Hands reach...extend...floating the swirl
Taffeta cinched on the bust of this girl
Presenting the orbs of porcelain globes
Seduced eyes of shadows beginning their probe
Floats of two bodies graceful through crowds
Clutching hands weaving as forms take a bow
This beauty to all and a stranger to some
Take up this waltz as rumors from tongues
Chatter the beat as pulses festoon
The character of dance and this free flowing room
These two ever friends swirl smiles with their feet
Swinging and turning to a waltz made of heat
Stars seem to drift on fragrant bouquets
For dances with Belles and Rebels that day
The hoop skirts of lace and taffeta bows
Jasmine in hair that gently repose
The gray of a uniform worn by her Johnny
The eyes of his lady...his bonnie blue Bonnie
He takes in her smile...her nose like a pixie
The waltzes of yesterday...bygones of Dixie

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Reviewed by Ronald Hull 3/19/2006
So sad when they drove old Dixie down. Unfortunately, there was a dark, sad side to that glory that had to come forth.

Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen 3/15/2006
I ended up gasping with a sob, Susan... Very compelling, your tale of an Age gone dead, and, didn't I feel it.

Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 3/15/2006
Reminiscience of the lure of the Old South, swelling and fading like the remote sweetness of a dream of yesteryear. To dress this way is part of the romance of the Bygone Days of Dixie, "the hoop skirts of lace and taffeta bows." I suppose this was written from the girl who knows, Susan.

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 3/15/2006
The South shall rise again! :)

Well imaged, elegant write; very well done! BRAVA!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/15/2006

The deep South lives in your eloquent verse; well done! Beautiful poem.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Peter Paton 3/15/2006
You immerse us in the magical history, pageantry and utter beauty of the Deep South, Susan !
A master weave of alluring wordage, imagery and passionate emotion, combine to make this a memorable and intoxicating walk down memory lane !
Hooray for Dixieland !
Reviewed by Felix Perry 3/15/2006
Wonderful romantic images of the old South. Well done.

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