Bat Dance

Some thoughts on experimental poetry.


Sometimes you want to dress up–top hat,

White tie and tails, a foreign medal, a cape.

The dance would be just as impressive,

A waltz, perhaps, certainly not something

With Cossacks. At least one would think

This would be the dance of formal bats,

Emotive, aristocratic and imperial.


One would be wrong. These are bats

Used to hanging upside down, letting blood

Rush to their heads when they are not

Bloodletting right side up. They are wild,

Jazz-inspired, impressionistic, and although

You expected the reverse, they are–in the best

Possible way–way out of your league.

6 comments on “Bat Dance

  1. The photo and concept deserves some kind of award, that’s for sure!


  2. I only read the title and saw the pic. Enough for a like! 😂


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  4. Widdershins says:

    What a magnificently elegant curtsey! 😀

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  5. Reblogged this on Living in Hebel and commented:
    I love the poems that Susan writes. I’d try to say more, but I’ll just sound ridiculous, so read her stuff instead. 🙂

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