Such Sweet Delight!

by Charles Albano

From ancient times
So much romance
Has been enshrined
In sacred dance.

Older women
Taught the girls,
Tribal ways
To dance and swirl,

Selecting teens,
Of average height,
Virgin gems,
Sure to delight.

Girls were awkward
At the outset,
Had to master
Moves through sweat,

Learning how
To taunt and tease,
To move themselves
With grace and ease.

Though starting young,
It was not long,
They gyrated
To chant and song.

Light reflected
Off their torsos,
As observers,
Watched in shadows.

Young flesh taunting
Near camp fires,
Soon aroused
Profound desires.

They shook their breasts
And slapped their buns,
To pace the sounds
Of horns and drums.

Their bellies danced,
And bare thighs shook,
While midriffs threw
Broad arching hooks.

Seductive bodies
Framed in moonlight,
Such sweet delight!

© Charles Albano, 1998

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About The Poet

Photograph Of Dr. Charles Albano

Although not a member of the dance community himself, Dr. Charles Albano admires and finds beauty in belly dancing and other forms of dance as performed by women.

Charles loves to write poetry--poetry of a very broad and diverse nature, poetry that touches on interests ranging from dance to science fiction. He uses both rhyming and free verse styles of writing, and has been writing poetry for about eight years. He enjoys it because it requires creativity which, for him, is one of the personal footprints we may leave behind in this life.

Since boyhood Charles has been interested in the archaeology and mythology of Egypt along with the native peoples of the Western hemisphere, particularly Mayan
and Incan.

If you would like to send e-mail to Charles to tell him you enjoyed his poem, you can reach him at

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