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Dancing Girl (Tanka)

January 5, 2020

Hi Folks,

Thank you for following my blog and a Happy New Year to you, one and all!

When Maureen and I were unpacking following our move here to Halkyn Mountain in the early summer last year, I came across a tattered manila folder with some of my artwork in it from many years ago, including an unfinished pencil drawing of a dancing girl…

The result was the following tanka published in Blithe Spirit, Volume 29, Number 4, November 2019:




caught mid-swing

in my sixties sketch

she dances on

a carefree lass

in a half-drawn dress


Paul Beech


With every good wish for 2020,

Take care, Everyone,



Copyright © Paul Beech 2020


From → General, Poetry

  1. Maureen Weldon permalink

    And it is an amazing sketch, I know I have seen it!

    All my love to you Paul xxx

    From your Maureen x

    • Thank you, my darling Maureen,

      Finding my old sketch took me back to the strobe lights, the fug and the sweaty electric atmosphere of those Chester dance clubs I used to visit with Brian back in the mid-60s.

      Aye, happy days with my bro, never to be forgotten…

      All my love,

      Your Paul xxx

  2. Best wishes for 2020 to you too Paul.

    • Many thanks, John.

      Glad you liked the tanka. Finding my old sketch, it was strange to see that young lass dancing on through time…

      Probably a seasoned grandparent now, as I am myself, she’ll always be just as gorgeous, sexy and carefree in my sketch as the night my quick pencil caught her mid-swing in a 60s dance club, when I was teenager too.

      Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy and peaceful 2020 – and looking forward to more of your wonderful poetry,


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