First Tango At Oxford

July 11, 2021 at 10:06 pm (Poetry) ()

The professor stood on the rooftop
Of an old apartment building
In the distance he could see the spires
of Oxford University
Standing as beacons of knowledge
Against the Oxonian sky

The beautiful young woman in the red dress approached him
They joined hands
And they danced
They danced the tango.

The music softly built to the crescendo
A dip here
And a dip there
The swaying of hips
The spin of feet
And together
The magic of the tango
Romance with a beat
Passion conveyed to feet

“Professor…” a voice called
It was young Ridley who called out
As he stepped on to the roof of the building
To summon the absent-minded professor
To the fact he had to give an afternoon lecture
Down at the college

And the beautiful young woman in the red dress had vanished
And the professor discovered that he was dancing with himself
And with a lot less finesse than Billy Idol

The professor sighed
He picked up his briefcase
Containing his lecture notes
And followed Ridley
Back to the college.

For one brief moment the professor had seemed to travel back in time
To when he danced the tango with beautiful Annabella
Back to a time
When he had been… happy.

-A poem written by Christopher
Sunday July 11th 2021.


  1. Marlapaige said,

    This was so sad

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Yes, it was a sad poem.

      • Marlapaige said,

        It was well written

      • Marlapaige said,

        And well written

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, it had a sad ending.

        I wasn’t sure what to write last night.

        I ended up writing this.

        I wasn’t sure how it would end.

        It ended up on a sad note.

        Of course 99.9% of posts I write, I usually start out with no idea what to write.

        And therefore no idea of how it will end.

        When the dance turned out to be a memory, it turned into a memory of happier times for the professor.

      • Marlapaige said,

        Yes, it’s very similar to how I write. As I explained with the Xena thing. I sit down with an idea, even a whole story in my head, and then what comes out is so completely different than what I planned I sometimes wonder if I wrote it or if my fingers just take over and it doesn’t matter what I planned. But that’s writing. sometimes it turns out exactly as planned (sometimes worse, sometimes better, but as planned) and sometimes it’s so far from what you expected to write that it’s effectively completely UNplanned. Like my best friend’s daugh….never mind LOL

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        LOL !

        Like that 19th Century era looking painting of the woman you posted whose caption was “Did we remember to use condoms last night?”.

      • Marlapaige said,

        Thank you! It was a challenge, and I don’t know why but that just jumped in my head. I didn’t plan on a Haiku, however, I knew that I wanted the last line of whatever I wrote to be “did I remember to take my birth control.” That didn’t work in the format that I was creating so I changed it, but that’s just how it works. You sit down to write one thing, and a style comes out that limits what you can do, but the change is sometimes better than what you originally planned. Actually, I found that’s mostly the case for me. My brain doesn’t like to do what it’s told

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        That’s right.

        It was a haiku.

        I’d forgotten.

      • Marlapaige said,

        Yes. I actually rarely just write captions to the challenges, For me captions explain what you’re seeing (so-and-so is on the left, etc), now what it could be. I don’t know why, it’s just how my mind has always worked. So it’s usually some form of writing beneath it. I’m going to try a little harder to figure out how to do interesting captions, but so far, it always comes out bland and creative. I dunno but maybe it’s because I always think “captions” should be really short.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, most captions are short.

        So I suppose everyone thinks that then all captions should be short.

      • Marlapaige said,

        Not everyone. Probably just me.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,


      • Marlapaige said,

        How are you doing today?

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Dying in this heat. 🥵

      • Marlapaige said,

        It’s making me super tired. Like its hard to function

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Exactly the same for me.

      • Marlapaige said,

        The heat has gotten a bit better here, it’s the humidity today/tonight. I hope you’re fairing better than I.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Sadly the heat and humidity are still going strong.

      • Marlapaige said,

        Yeah… humidity still here, and it’s already 95 degrees outside and it’s not even 8 am. So today is gonna be another doozy.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        It’s about that temperature here as well.

      • Marlapaige said,

        Yeah, today it was kind enough to give us a break from the stifling heat and just go for broke with the suffocating heat. Hit 105 F here (40.6 C) Ugh.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        That’s awful. ☹

      • Marlapaige said,

        Today might be better 🤞

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        I hope so. 🙂

        There’s a nice cool breeze in Calgary today which makes it nice.

      • Marlapaige said,

        The air didn’t move today. Just pressed down.

  2. Kritika said,

    Reminiscing the happy moments. Beautiful it would have been for the professor.

  3. shєrríє dє vαlєríα said,

    Can imagine if this is a movie.
    I will be the first to watch this rather than Leo’s Titanic.
    I never really watch … the most despairing thing to see … never like it … LOL

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