|Humor Poetry posted April 2, 2017|
Never challenge an old dancin' fool.
Get Up and Dance!
by Sis Cat
Share A Story In A Poem contest entry
"Get Up and Dance" is also my entry to the 2017 Dancing Poetry Contest in San Francisco. Past contest failures inspired me to craft a fast-paced poem that told a story and moved. The idea of a reluctant dancer at a wedding came from my experience last February when cousin Carolyn witnessed me snapping my fingers and bobbing my head but not dancing. She kept saying, "Get up and dance!" I refused. When I finally danced, I tired her out.
Inspiration also comes from Paul Lawrence Dunbar's "In the Morning," which told a story through the dialogue of one person and James Brown's song "Get Up Offa That Thing" for its funky beat. Given that I will read my poem before hundreds if I win, I practiced reading my poem aloud and listening to recordings to ensure it sounds the way I want it to.
Image of Lindy Hop dance Google.
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