Dance with Me

Hand in hand, we explored the ports of call: Cartagena, Puntarenas, Puerto Quetzal, Puerta Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas. The cruise of a life-time through the Panama Canal in its 100th anniversary year.

We extended our trip by two days in the final port, San Diego. Our last dinner began at dusk and ended in the dark. Sitting in a pedicab with tiny white lights round its surrey, we wended our way down the esplanade, beside city trolley tracks. Music from the driver’s battered boom box played romantic songs. And then my husband’s voice surprised me: An extra twenty bucks if you play The Time of My Life! And so the surrey stopped and we danced in the night. One year after almost losing the love of my life, I was dipping, swaying, laughing and twirling in his arms. Two lovers having the time of their lives. Thankful for every day.

ebony still night
interrupted by joyful shimmer
two shooting stars

Written for Haibun Monday at dVerse where we’re asked to write about a romantic moment. Prose should not be fiction (it’s not), followed by a traditional haiku (nature based with a cutting pivot in the second line). Video was taken by our driver – you can see the train/trolley go by near the end.  Photo below is earlier that day, The Kiss — statue of the famous photo taken at the close of World War II.  That’s us at the bottom of the statue 🙂  Statue is near the USS Midway — which you can tour in San Diego.


30 thoughts on “Dance with Me

  1. AnnMarie Roselli-Kissack August 9, 2016 / 10:41 am

    Oh, Lillian
    this is both a warm tribute to world travel and to romance – more fabulous than the most gorgeous vista is knowing that couples can remain truly and deeply connected

    it is apparent you are with your soulmate!


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    • lillian August 9, 2016 / 10:49 am

      Oh AnnMarie! I just pulled this up to show George — and read it aloud to him. We watched the video, a bit teary-eyed. And then, how wonderful to have yours be the first comment!~!!! So treasure that we are friends — and SOOOO look forward to meeting you sometime in the fall at the UNH train stop! 🙂 Will get to my reading in the AM my friend. Looking forward to catching up with you 🙂

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      • AnnMarie Roselli-Kissack August 9, 2016 / 10:54 am

        we will have that coffee or wine one day!
        if you visit my blog – there is bad cussing on some of the longer pieces – geez, I don’t talk that way in real life:)

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  2. kanzensakura August 9, 2016 / 11:16 am

    This is wonderful. I love you two dancing to that song and the obvious love between you, the history, the joy. And you and your beloved beneath that statue. The haiku is gorgeous…two shooting stars….

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    • lillian August 9, 2016 / 12:33 pm

      Thank you! So very glad you enjoyed!!! Just finished writing my “blue” poem for today — will get to reading tomorrow AM 🙂 Especially looking forward to your haibun!


      • kanzensakura August 9, 2016 / 1:55 pm

        I just finished my blue poem too and am catching up on commenting. Some of these folks have odd sites and it is hard to find where/how to comment!

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    • lillian August 9, 2016 / 12:34 pm

      So glad you enjoyed. It was a special special evening for sure! Will get to my reading in the AM. Just back from 5 days in the Adirondacks and have piles of laundry to do before I sleep! 🙂


  3. Joyce Pittman August 9, 2016 / 12:29 pm

    Lill & George, what a great memory to
    make. I enjoyed watching it and seeing the joy you share. Let’s give a big shout-out for strong marriages!
    Love, Joyce

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian August 9, 2016 / 12:34 pm

      Woot! Woot! As the saying goes these days! SO glad you enjoyed and isn’t it grand to be married to our best friends 🙂


  4. Imelda August 9, 2016 / 12:57 pm

    I love your piece – romance is very much alive (and deeper) in marriage. I am so glad that you have this story to tell. I wish you more loving and romantic years together. 💕😊

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian August 9, 2016 / 12:59 pm

      What a wonderful reply! MANY thanks, Imelda!


  5. Grace August 9, 2016 / 1:19 pm

    I love the romantic dancing, the pictures of both of you, and lastly that last line: Thankful for every day. May you be blessed with many more lovely years together!

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian August 9, 2016 / 1:27 pm

      Thank you, Grace! 😊❤️
      Just returned from 5 days off grid – will be reading haibuns and the blues tomorrow AM!


  6. Misky August 9, 2016 / 5:22 pm

    I’m so glad that time gave you a happy ending, Lillian.


  7. Victoria C. Slotto August 9, 2016 / 6:11 pm

    You gave me the chills, girl. So glad for the happy ending. Life is so fragile. Keep dancing as long as you can.


  8. ZQ August 9, 2016 / 6:19 pm

    SWEET! 🙂


  9. kaykuala (@hankkaykuala) August 9, 2016 / 11:54 pm

    It makes it all very intriguing when shown that love is shared by both couples (you both and the statue) Love is physically seen as extending its reach Lilian!



  10. Walter J. Wojtanik August 10, 2016 / 7:10 am

    Love a whole lotta romance as you’ve depicted here, Lillian! I’m not one to sigh, but….


  11. hlhivy August 10, 2016 / 4:52 pm

    Life goals! Thanks for being a great example in today’s world.


  12. katiemiafrederick August 10, 2016 / 7:01 pm

    sMiLes.. my FriEnd Lillian with liGht Now..
    Love it that you and your husband heRE
    sport a pose of Love with statue of same
    behind as Art of Love in visual poEtry
    that words WiLL never SinG alone…
    funny.. how we appreciate so
    much what we don’t have
    when we lose what
    we might have had
    but never tried at all..
    it’s kinda strange that it
    took me almost 40 years
    to find art aGaiN.. but the
    GreAtest arT i do is the now
    that never ends iN expanding
    Appreciate of Now.. in SonG and
    DanCe wHere all is sacred and holy
    i see.. i feel.. i sense.. i do as alWays
    Love iN Fearless ways oF Art i SinG NoW..

    ThrilLed to
    be aLiVe
    Bottom way..
    tops wiTh sMiLes..:)


  13. Mish August 14, 2016 / 10:55 pm

    Late to the haibuns…

    For some reason I couldn’t view the video, but your prose and photo say it all ! True love!


  14. Manja Mexi Movie August 23, 2016 / 4:25 am

    Oooh, thank you for sharing this intimate moment. You’ve given the entire world another chance to be happier.

    Liked by 1 person

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