Sally Rand

She always yelled at him
before her grand entrance.
“Harry, crank up that wind machine!”
Then she’d wind up those hips
get the feathers quiverin’
and strut out on stage,
fans strategically placed.
She wanted to entrance the blokes,
not wound their swoonin’ heart.

Written for dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe. Today is Quadrille Monday and I’m hosting, asking poets to consider homographs, and in particular, the word “wound”. A homograph is a word that has two pronunciations and two different meanings, but the same spelling – as in “a wound up top”, and “he suffered a serious wound”. One can also use a form of the word….as in “wind” which is the present tense of “wound” but can also refer to a breeze – thus another homographic word. Note the use of the word “entrance” in this poem also a homographic word. And of course, a quadrille must be exactly 44 words in length, sans title.

Sally Rand, born Helen Gould Beck, was an American burlesque dancer most noted for her ostrich fan dances and her balloon bubble dances. She was mot active from 1925 to 1979.

14 thoughts on “Sally Rand

  1. Grace May 17, 2021 / 10:11 pm

    What an entrance she made!


  2. K.Hartless May 18, 2021 / 3:09 am

    Sure those feathers wound lots of people up in their day. Fun quadrille.


  3. Ron Rowland May 18, 2021 / 7:00 am

    A fan dancer with many homographs. I especially liked the entrance/entrance.


  4. Ingrid May 18, 2021 / 9:22 am

    I like that you couldn’t resist this Lillian – sounds like she was pretty irresistable!


  5. T.J.S. Sherman May 18, 2021 / 10:39 am

    Nice throwback vibe in your verses with a picture to match.


  6. merrildsmith May 18, 2021 / 11:12 am

    You had lots of fun with this one, Lillian. I was entranced! 😀


  7. Xan May 18, 2021 / 12:29 pm

    Your prompt–you’re entitled to two! (This one made me lol)


  8. writingwhatnots May 18, 2021 / 2:33 pm

    That was fun 🙂


  9. sanaarizvi May 18, 2021 / 4:33 pm

    Such a gorgeous tribute this is, Lillian 😀


  10. Masa May 19, 2021 / 4:36 pm

    Wind wind wound wound, cleverly done and I was taken all the same. Delightful.


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