by Myrrha

Then the dancer,
Lifts her eyes to the gathering and,
Waves a snaking, bejeweled hand;
As floating tendrils of incense stirred,
Soft and sudden there is heard,
All around her, starting slow
The sound of dum-tek, throbbing low
She starts, she moves, she seems to feel
The tempo pulse from head to heel
Spurning with her foot the ground
She lifts and turns around and round
And lo! from the assembled crowd
Rises a call, prolonged and loud
Blending into the rhythmic beat
Zaghareet upon zaghareet.
Hypnotically the pulse does press
The onlooker, with a smooth caress,
Until every spellbound observer
Imagines dancing there, with her.
This artwork is by Hossom.

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About The Poet and Artist

Photograph Of Myrrha

Myrrha, also known as Donna Blakley, created this beautiful poem, and her husband Hossom (Tom Blakley) created the accompanying artwork. She has been doing Middle Eastern dance for many years, but not as many as she has been involved in poetry and artwork.

Myrrha is on the Bellyjam planning committee and designed the logo for Bellyjam. She teaches at Habeeba's Dance of the Arts and is a member of the dance troupe Mirage. She has also danced/choreographed with Rakset Afrabia and Perizada.

If you would like to correspond with Myrrha, her e-mail address is dblakley@TSO.cin.ix.net. Hossom sometimes performs the men's stick dance.

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