Tarantella or Marriage?

by Delilah


I dance

To his drums

In circles

Slow at times

Then spinning

Out of control

Onlookers clap

He bows

And I smile

They mistake

The blood

On my feet

For rose petals

On our stage


The Tarantella is a dance originated in southern Italy during the sixteenth century. It is believed that this dance evolved from the supposed therapy used to cure victims of a Tarantula bite. Although there are many variations of the Tarantella dance, the music is always fast and the dance frenzied.  The unique feature about this dance is that instead of simply complementing each other, the dancer and the musician constantly try to upstage each other by tiring the other one out. The dancer strives to keep dancing longer while the musician tries to play faster.