Dancing Ice Queen #poetry #dVerse

You come to look for a king
why him?
Will he melt the ice around your heart
if you play your part

right? Will you find sweet
delight, gliding across the ice
fingers frozen
heart alight?

Light is but a dream
(it’s all there is)
but all’s not as it seems
your breath peals out as mist

the scene fades at the seams:
Dancing Ice Queen
not so young and sweet
as you once were, but sweeter

’tis to know yourself
and melt the ice-shard at your core
in knowing what you always were
though unaware before.

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Written for dVerse

Tonight, Lillian is paying tribute to one of our longest-serving and hardest working bartenders, Björn Rudberg. As Björn is Swedish, she has given us an ABBA-themed challenge:

So here we go, for today’s Poetics prompt I want you to write a poem that includes one line, and one line only, from ABBA’s only number-one hit, Dancing Queen. The lyrics are listed below. The poem can be any form, length, and about any topic….as long as you include, word for word, one line and one line only, from Dancing Queen! Here’s to you, Bjorn! 😊

My chosen line, in italics, is the opening line of my poem. I also adapted a line from another song ‘Life is but a Dream’ by The Harptones, and wove that into my poem. This song is featured in one of my favourite movies, in a scene which also involves dancing:

Life is but a dream…

Join us over at dVerse for more dancing fun!

51 thoughts on “Dancing Ice Queen #poetry #dVerse

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  1. “tis to know yourself
    and melt the ice-shard at your core
    in knowing what you always were
    though unaware before.”
    A very important message at the end of your poem….love the idea of the Ice Queen here. Excellent description IE “Your breath peals out as mist.” I can just see it!

  2. This is exquisitely drawn, Ingrid! Especially resonate with; “tis to know yourself and melt the ice-shard at your core in knowing what you always were though unaware before.” Yes! 💝💝

  3. Adore your 4th stanza , so relatable for me these days …
    “the scene fades at the seams:
    Dancing Ice Queen
    not so young and sweet
    as you once were, but sweeter“

    1. I cannot get over that first stanza…so many unexplained stories in the short words, wonderful flow, can read again and again with ease, and the two lines about light were breathtaking to be honest, as a few others. I agree I have not read much poetry, but this is wonderful.

  4. Yes, to understand what we are, and that we always were. Girls especially are taught that they’re not really whole until they have a partner. Whatever they are, isn’t really very important.

  5. That second stanza echoes Blake: “Every morn and every night some are born to sweet delight”. I really like your poem and also the picture of the woman in her skates on the ice.

  6. that last stanza is so profound Ingrid, we look for a white knight to save us … but we must save ourselves! Only then can we have healthy relationships 🙂

  7. There is s sense of adventure to begib with and you leave us the end to our imgination. Nice one

    Much💜love

  8. what a warm poem amongst the ice and cold Ingrid beautifully expressed. Love this last stanza 💖
    “’tis to know yourself
    and melt the ice-shard at your core
    in knowing what you always were
    though unaware before.

    Might we remember this in aging💖👏👏👏

  9. Aging, though it has physical challenges, has spiritual rewards! I have found that insights come with years and understanding of others and empathy increase. To me, that “shard of ice at our core” is the self-focused strivings of life. It is a pleasure not to be trying decide what I want to be when I grow up, on a quest for a life partner, or struggling with the challenges of making a living and parenthood.

    Your poem expresses these ideas so beautifully. The imagery is exquisite. “All’s not as it seems.” resonates with me. It takes years to fully realize that.

    Thank you, Ingrid, for a very lovely and meaningful poem. <3 Take care.

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