Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Egyptian Dancer by Joanne Olivieri



I first saw Samar Nassar perform at the re-opening of the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco. I was spellbound by her performance and wrote this poem as a tribute to Samar. She owns and operates a dance studio in Berekely. You can visit her website at www.myhipline.com


Egyptian Dancer

She displays her feminine wiles
this modern day Nefertiti,
the bedazzled queen
like a brilliant jewel.
A precision cut gem
tantalizing, beguiling
a sensual narcotic.
She's a shimmering beauty
whose depth is not seen
yet celebrates women -
splendours of the ancient world
through dance
and tells a story
all her own.

15 comments:

Icy BC said...

Oh your poem describes such a sensual woman beautifully. She is an incredible dancer!

lizzie said...

Beautiful dancer and a very descriptive poem.

rainfield61 said...

You have described a dancer in such a poetic manner.

Robin said...

...sensual narcotic.

I love this line because while watching her I really did feel entranced!

B.Held said...

exquisitely beautiful.

A. said...

The dancing is mesmerising and your poem captures the essence of it so well! Belly dancing is something I would love to have learnt, but, too late was the cry. :)

Salitype said...

mesmerising!!!..both the poem and the belly-dancing!

enchantedoak said...

Poems found under such circumstances (such as unusual events) are so much fun. I like Robin's comment about the sensual narcotic line. Isn't the challenge wonderful, trying to capture that moment and its emotional reaction? Kudos to you. Maybe I'll blog about a similar sort of situation in the next day or two: you inspired me! Chris Alba

maricar said...

hi Joanne!

thank you for leaving comments in my entries in Salitype Society, really appreciate it. I had been in Egypt this year, and never had a chance to see a belly dancing :( but we had a chance to see also traditional dance of Egypt, "Sufi Dancing", it was great! :) i love your poem about the belly dancer... like the part, "splendour of the ancient world..."


thanks again Joanne, it's just me...

Maricar

Shinade aka Jackie said...

Joanne she is marvelous!! I would give just about anything to be able to dance like this.

I have always been fascinated with this form of dance. I worked with a lady years ago who decided to take lessons and she was very good also!!

I hope you have a terrific day!
Jackie

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Thank you all for reading and commenting. I appreciate all your thoughts and words.

bessye said...

Joanne,
She's awesome and quite beautiful. Ladies, this is how we get in shape...forget all those crunches...lol

bessye

Dr. Lauren said...

Wow, she's amazing. I love this type of dancing.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

bessye, yep, though if I tried some of those moves I'd probably end up in a hospital :)

Dr. Lauren, I do too, I really admire it. Thanks for stopping by.

RNSANE said...

In my youth, perhaps I could pull off some of those moves but, now, just watching them makes my back hurt. She is incredible.