Isadora Duncan

For Poets United Verse First poetry prompt: Appetite


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Isadora Duncan

Some said she was provocative, taking chances,
using her body to express whatever she was feeling;
a dancer with flamboyant appetites.

Liked living high and, when she couldn’t,
expected her friends to help her do that;
some said she was provocative, taking chances.

Wore gossamer costumes, showing bare legs
as she scampered over stage,
using her body to express whatever she was feeling.

Gift from an admirer, she loved hand-painted scarf floating
around her on night breeze from open roadster;
she was a dancer with flamboyant appetites.

Elizabeth Crawford  7/3/13

Notes: This piece (slightly reworked) was written a few months ago to show others what the cascade form looks and sounds like. It immediately came to mind when reading the prompt at Verse First today.

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9 Responses to Isadora Duncan

  1. Mary says:

    I think I admire her spirit. Perhaps she was a woman ahead of her time. Bravo for her!


  2. Elizabeth,
    I enjoyed this poem very much. A wonderful woman who satisfied many with her great dancing style and presence.


  3. Sherry Marr says:

    Wonderful poem, wonderful woman, and I am very intrigued by the cascade form. May have to give it a try. Hey, kiddo, have you heard? Guess who is moving back to the beach in mid-August???? ME! Color me happy! Pup is happy too, I just know it. I am taking his ashes, and his Person, Back Home.


  4. kelvin s.m. says:

    …very nice… the freedom of the physical self & most especially of the soul are very well expressed in your words… a wonderful tribute for such a passionate soul… smiles… thanks for sharing…


  5. alan1704 says:

    Really captured the free spirit of the lady and her desire to perform. I like this.


  6. Perfect picture for your poem! I like her spirit that you express with your words!


  7. Ruth says:

    I’ve always admired her, she lived full out… and I’m just beginning to see it’s the only way to live. Lovely poem and form.


  8. A lovely response to the prompt, and it’s nice to be reminded of the cascade – which works beautifully here.

    I like the way you indicate, but don’t spell out, how her appetite for flamboyant living led to her death (almost as famous as her life).


  9. Suzy says:

    I haven’t heard of her but your poem painted a very vivid picture


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