The Dance of Death

“I saw this image as the dancer’s last hurrah. A woman dancing to save her life. Let’s see what happens.”

I wrote this poetic story for the following prompt.
Ragtag Daily Prompt – Hedge
Word of the Day Challenge — Caberet
Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge – Picture from Erean @

The Dance of Death

She had to pay or die
Her debt was vast
She couldn’t hedge her lies
Thanks to a dodgy past

There was only one way
A single, solitary chance
She had to join the cabaret
Take to the stage and dance

This was boom or bust
She’d live or die tonight
Taking the stage with a hip thrust
She pranced into the spotlight

A silhouette among stars
She had a chair as a prop
Her music strummed on sultry guitars
Her grace made jaws drop

With pirouette, flex, and turn
She made her watchers sweat
Her splits made their thighs burn
This would pay off her debt

Her soul reflected upon the floor
An omen surrounded by stars
The reaper at the door
Bearing black roses in a vase

When her curtained dropped
The mob had come to wait
Without a word the money was swapped
Then a single gunshot made her late

Thanks for reading my friends.

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23 thoughts on “The Dance of Death

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      1. Oh, maybe they were confused…
        It reminded my of the song “Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts” and I was unsure of the ending….

        She danced in hopes of living and ended up dying at the end of the dance, rihgt?

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      2. Not even close. It’s Dylan doing Dylan. It sounds much the same but he mumbles and his voice sounds like he gargled with marbles. If you’re a dylan fan you wouldn’t think twice. If you’re not… you need the studio version or you won’t understand anything lol

        And think about your comment for a second. Do you honestly think Bob Dylan is well known for being heavy metal/death metal? LOL

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      3. Was? It gets worse with every year!

        I dunno. Maybe cuz he’s 80? Maybe cuz he can and people will still lovehim? Maybe because of his self-proclaimed “drug induced haze” of the 90’s. Honestly, I don’t know.

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