The poetic city: A suite for Miss Helen “Dancing with Miss Helen: With Conscious Intent 9/16/12”

The author, Reece Burka, with Miss Helen. (Photo by: Richard Eager)


Dancing with Miss Helen: With Conscious Intent    9/16/12

With conscious intent I wear the hat

that Helen will recognize as something good.


With conscious intent I remind myself to keep

my expectations low.


I don’t want to be disappointed.

I don’t want to be distracted.

I don’t want Helen to succumb

to the seduction of the mundane.


I don’t want to lose Helen.


This time I needn’t have worried.

This time there was no doubt.

This time she leapt into the music,

took my hand, and took the lead


We danced in every way possible from chair to chair:













And we ended with a chaste kiss instead of a dip

with conscious intent.


© Reece Burka 2/1/2019


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