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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

The mind is incredibly powerful in how we interact with the world. But beware! Suggestibility prowls.






Poor and hungry in 1518

Malady stricken unforeseen.

Choreomania, or “dance of death”

Sapped your energy and your breath.


Infectious and in a trance

You cannot fight the urge to dance.

Skewed by a mystical form of piety

 Cosmic conflicts rule society.


Accumulated sin you believe

Tragic events can deceive.

Dancing from hours to days

And days to weeks in a craze.


Your feet will bleed, and your muscles will strain,

And be accused of an overheated brain.

As you scream for help to make it stop,

You know it will not cease until you drop.


Hysteria caused by Turkish wars

Fear of God and breaking laws

Damaged harvests to weakened souls

Triggering folks to lose control.


Critical analyses in disrepair

Reality checking almost rare

Imaginations and beliefs of old

Liken hysteria today, truth be told.

Submitted: September 16, 2020

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Mike S.

Sadly, we seem to be going back to Dark Age beliefs; excellent, Penny

Wed, September 16th, 2020 9:16pm


Thanks so much Mike.

Wed, September 16th, 2020 3:56pm


This really is an unusual subject for a poem, but you aced it! Tarantism makes for a pretty fascinating read.

Thu, September 17th, 2020 6:23pm


Hi hullabaloo22, thanks for your feedback. Apparently, great minds think alike. The "Tarantella" was a ritual, as you know, in which people danced manically to induce sweating, thus expelling the poison, or venom from a tarantula bite. With such an aversion to spiders myself, I most likely would have been one of them, leading the group!

Thu, September 17th, 2020 12:38pm

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