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Awkwardness

I enjoy our awkwardness;
We giggle and glance askance.
Your eyes, your hands, your shoulders;
I whisper I’d like to dance.

Your blue stare mesmerises me.
I seem stronger, feeling this way.
Your lips, your neck, your perfect legs,
I’m thrilled with each slow body sway.

I know I’m loud, and fast at times,
But then your breathing slows my pace.
I do not need to see my reflection,
It is only you I want to face.

Where before my eyes wore sunglasses,
Now I have no fear of the sunshine.
Did you notice that I stared at you
The first time your ocean gaze met mine?

Even now I am oddly comforted
By the awkward ways people meet.
Although I’m uneasy in dance, you
Cared not about my graceless feet.

So it reached the conclusion I like
Heavy breathing, staring at the mess
Oh, I wonder what might happen next?
As I enjoy our mutual awkwardness.

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Bic Runga – Sway

Don’t stray, don’t ever go away
I should be much too smart for this
You know it gets the better of me
Sometimes, when you and I collide
I fall into an ocean of you, pull me out in time
Don’t let me drown, let me down
I say it’s all because of you
And here I go, losing my control
I’m practicing your name
So I can say it to your face
It doesn’t seem right, to look you in the eye
Let all the things you mean to me
Come tumbling out my mouth
Indeed it’s time to tell you why
I say it’s infinitely true

[CHORUS:]
Say you’ll stay, don’t come and go
Like you do
Sway my way, yeah I need to know
All about you

And there’s no cure, and no way to be sure
Why everything’s turned inside out
Instilling so much doubt
It makes me so tired – I feel so uninspired
My head is battling with my heart
My logic has been torn apart
And now it all turns sour
Come sweeten every afternoon

[CHORUS TWICE]

It’s all because of you
It’s all because of you

Now it all turns sour,
Come sweeten every afternoon
It’s time to tell you why, I say it’s infinitely true

[CHORUS TWICE]

It’s all because of you
It’s all because of you
It’s all because of you

I’ll defer to Anna Quindlen, of The New York Times: “People who are knowledgeable about poetry sometimes discuss it in that knowing, rather hateful way in which oenophiles talk about wine: robust, delicate, muscular. This has nothing to do with how most of us experience it, the heart coming around the corner and unexpectedly running into the mind. Of all the words that have stuck to the ribs of my soul, poetry has been the most filling.”

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Comments

  • Cervantes
    Cervantesover 4 years ago

    aww sweet…..a lovely clever piece Deb xox

  • Aww thank you Peter! I was at a wedding celebration tonight – so my mind returned to something from my 20s. For no matter how much time passes, I truly think chatting with strangers and dancing at weddings will always be awkward! But fun nonetheless xoxo

    – msdebbie

  • Magnets-Mirrors
    Magnets-Mirrorsover 4 years ago

    this brings back some memories for me of meeting someones eyes-beautiful writing…

  • Thank you MM – oh yes, the eyes! They surely do have it eh!

    – msdebbie

  • S .
    S .over 4 years ago

    wow
    i feel ya there !
    great writing deb
    miss ur work i think i gotta catch up my friend !!!

  • Hey Shoaibster! You are right; we have been missing each other’s writing and art! This is mostly a memory piece from my 20s – I was at a cousin’s wedding tonight. Lovely! But it reminded me how awkward it can – even for an extrovert like me – to chat and dance with folks. But fun, so I persist of course!!!

    – msdebbie

  • Trenchtownrock
    Trenchtownrockover 4 years ago

    I am loving this piece sista Deb..you really captured me with every word and I thoroughly enjoyed this that I feel and know…..good to read you once again.

  • Ah Chris! So nice of you to visit darling man xoxo
    We are all alike in our oddly sweet awkward moments hey!
    Thanks for such kind words brother – love your gentle heart xoxo

    – msdebbie

  • Xadrik
    Xadrikover 4 years ago

    Well Written.

  • Thank you Paul! Curious – do you like to dance at weddings?

    – msdebbie

  • Nebsy
    Nebsyover 4 years ago

    Brilliant work, as always… I especially love that first stanza – it’s such a powerful start.

  • Thank you gorgeous girl! Awkwardness is something we can all relate to . . . even the super cool folks feel it some time or another! Appreciate your kind comment so much xoxo

    – msdebbie

  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestover 4 years ago

    Oh this danced! Oh yes it did….danced and danced with rhyme
    a really brilliant composed write of that awkwardness
    that if on has never ever known this then
    maybe they run on batteries and live under a rock! xoxoxoxo

  • Hehehe – so true. We are all awkward one way or another at times. I think that is why this one seems to resonate for people. Battery operated people living under rocks . . . I feel surprisingly connected to that image KarenSue. Weird and wonderful!

    – msdebbie

  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestover 4 years ago

    Oh that song by Bic ….is one of my absolute favourites…..I love the words and her voice ….this was such a treat for my Sunday morn… thanks you made the day start up with a smile for me… :))

  • Yep, she is such a gorgeous singer. I really have to find out if she has more recent albums. I was listening to a bunch of her songs on youtube last night, but wasn’t getting the sense of anything really recent. I have always loved her voice and lyrics – beautiful eh xoxo

    – msdebbie

  • Xadrik
    Xadrikover 4 years ago

    No… I dance alone usually…In Private…where no one can ridicule me….I tend to dance more freely when I am alone and the whole “Stage Fright” thing makes it so that It is actaully apt to ridicule me at public gatherings…Many of my Ex-GFs and indeed My Ex-Wife have never seen me dance…sad really… but they come home and (Arnie Voice Here) “Fun Krumping Time is Ohver…” :)

  • I so have to see you dance one day! I am a ridiculously bad dancer myself, but luckily let my enjoyment take me out of my usual headspace that I should only do things I am good at! And it makes me laugh when I can horrify people with my enthusiasm and lack of anything approaching talent!!! As for krumping? I love the sound of that in a Terminator tone. You are wicked cool mate!

    – msdebbie

  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooover 4 years ago

    wonderful writing

  • Thank you so much simon xoxo
    You are always so kind in your comments – really appreciate it!

    – msdebbie

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