Posted by: John Looker | 16 August, 2011


(for Tom and Emma)


After the months of planning,
the late-night coffees, the lists,
at last the day unfolds.

Here is the Dancer …
calling her Beau.

The stage is lit,
the church made ready,
the stalls settle down
and the pews are still.

Here is the Dancer …
calling her Beau.

And here is the Knight …
escorting his Lady.

The horses stir,
the car is laden,
the dew lies sparkling
on plains and hills.

Here is the Knight …
escorting his Lady.

Here is the Dancer …
beside her Beau.


© John Stevens 2011


  1. Very romantic, John. Is it a classical form?


  2. You know, John, this could have turned out corny or mawkish, or both—the Knight and Lady, the Dancer and Beau, oh brother—but it didn’t. The genuineness both of thought and emotion ring through. You obviously have a great affection for these people and it shows. It’s interesting, the speaker of the poem who, strictly speaking, never appears, is really the central character—sentimentalizing and pointing to practicalities (all that coffee!). He’s a romantic old soul, isn’t he? Still it’s the focus of the poem …most impressive, a fully rendered moment in time and an important one too. So, congratulations. And congratulations.


  3. I get such a feeling of warmth from this poem.

    It is a love poem – clearly these two people mean a lot to you.

    Congratulations to them and to you



  4. so sweet.
    Im so excited when you post.
    do it more 🙂


  5. Many thanks everyone for these generous comments. I’m thoroughly relieved that you think it has turned out ok and that it has (perhaps just) avoided sentimentality.
    No, it’s not a classical form but I suppose the use of repetition or refrain has a traditional air about it. The poem was written to be read aloud.


  6. Goodness, I was sure I commented this! I know that I read it and thought how beautiful it would be to inscribe this into a card for someone special on their big day. It is timeless John – beautiful.


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