Dancing In The Kitchen – Poetry by Jill Sharon Kimmelman

The Poet’s Grandparents, June 18, 1939

( sixty years together still…)

They dance in the kitchen
like movie stars from 1939

With her eyes closed,
she imagines herself to be this man’s siren
all heady scents…fiery hair…and throaty whispers
she could be a star of the silver screen
alabaster wrists and swan neck
flashing emeralds and rubies
the whisper of her caresses
delivered by hands in long satin gloves

With his eyes shut
he could be the UPS man
twenty five years old
in summer shorts
flashing a devil of a smile
his lips deliver a commanding brush 
of sea-deep kisses
that rock her from
her toes to her cerebellum
and back again…

There is music
a solo saxophone 
drifting in through the open windows
soul-stirring on a cool and scented breeze
Icy cocktails are produced
as smooth as slipping skin
he removes her gloves
allowing her fingers to
graze the rim of her frosted glass
pluck a briny glistening olive
and place it between his teeth…

It’s a shabby room
scuffed up floors
a patched screen door and
counter-tops in avocado green

He washes…she dries
that’s the way it’s always been
sweet tea and ice cold beer
to toast another perfect sunset

As if he had arranged it all
just for her pleasure
his face crinkles 
with that funny lopsided smile
she knows so well

He fiddles with an old black radio
slow sweet jazz fills the kitchen
spilling into every corner

crossing the room…he takes her hand
he takes her hand

Sixty years of Saturday nights
still dancing in the kitchen


About the Poet

Jill Sharon Kimmelman was nominated for a “Pushcart Prize”, in poetry, in 2017 and “Best Of The Net 2018”. Recent publications include, Spillwords Press, Yasou!A Celebration Of Life Ezine and Better Than Starbucks. Current publications are in the works.

12 thoughts on “Dancing In The Kitchen – Poetry by Jill Sharon Kimmelman

  1. Hello Susan,
    Thank you very much for embracing my poem, “Dancing In The Kitchen”.

    It will be a joy getting to know one another through the sharing and exchange of our poems and photos.

    This my first appearance in this magazine, and I am absolutely thrilled at how beautifully it has been presented on the page, and what a pleasure it has been to work with Brian Geiger.

    Have a wonderful weekend and stay safe!

    Peace,
    Jill…✍️👩‍🍳💖🤗

  2. Hi Ali,

    Thank you very much for embracing my poem, “Dancing In The Kitchen”.

    It will be a joy getting to know one another through the sharing and exchange of our poems and photos.

    This is my very first appearance in this magazine, and I am absolutely thrilled at how beautifully it has been presented on the page, and what a pleasure it has been to work with Brian Geiger.

    Have a wonderful weekend and stay safe!

    Peace,
    Jill…✍️👩‍🍳💖🤗

    1. Hi Karen,

      Thank you very much for embracing my poem, “Dancing In The Kitchen”.

      It will be a joy getting to know one another through the sharing and exchange of our poems and photos.

      This is my very first appearance in this magazine, and I am absolutely thrilled at how beautifully it has been presented on the page, and what a pleasure it has been to work with Brian Geiger.

      Have a wonderful weekend and stay safe!

      Peace,
      Jill…✍️👩‍🍳💖🤗

  3. Hi Shirley,

    Thank you so very much!

    That means….more than you can imagine🌹

    Love always,
    Jill…💗

    1. Hi Walt,

      Thank you very much for embracing my poem, “Dancing In The Kitchen”.

      It will be a joy getting to know one another through the sharing and exchange of our poems and photos.

      This is my very first appearance in this magazine, and I am absolutely thrilled at how beautifully it has been presented on the page, and what a pleasure it has been to work with Brian Geiger.

      Have a wonderful weekend and stay safe!

      Peace,
      Jill…✍️👩‍🍳💖🤗

  4. Hi Christine,

    Thank you very much for embracing my poem and that glorious wedding portrait from1939…published on June 25, 2020

    Wasn’t that a breathtaking and elegant wedding gown🤗🤗🤗
    I asked my beloved mom-mom once, “how could your parents have ever afforded such an extravagant satin dress, in 1939, during the great depression?”. Her answer, in all seriousness, when she asked her father that very same question, was, “I went to see a man about a horse” ( LOL but it was the absolute truth )

    This is my very first appearance in this magazine, and I am absolutely thrilled with how magnificently the poem and photo are presented on the page…even more excited to discover that “Dancing In The Kitchen” is the opening poem of this issue. What an extraordinary honor

    Working with Brian Geiger, has been, just as you had said, pure joy👍

    Have a wonderful weekend, my friend and neighbor. Tim and I are celebrating our 7th anniversary on the 3rd ( OMG…it’s tomorrow 🥂🍾💞) and are planning a quiet lunch, for just us, at Capers and Lemons, on Sunday, July 5th.

    Stay safe and healthy!

    Love,
    Jill…✍️👩‍🍳🌹💖🤗

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