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Art and Poetry: Tango

Mohan is a family physician, film and TV aficionado, a keen bibliophile and an eclectic scribbler.



I love dancing and watching people dance. My brother is a choreographer and he has been ( and still is) a consummate dancer since he was a child. He tells me how he could spot the ones who let the music penetrate their being from the ones who are just recollecting some steps.

Thankfully our shared genes must have an impact on me. I love closing my eyes, feeling the music and just letting go. Not caring how crazy I may look to others.

I had my first Tango lesson a few years ago and fell in love with this intimate, sultry, sensual story telling.

The emotional core of Tango is in the closeness between the two dancers... it's almost like the rest of the world doesn't exist. Although I am not a great Tango dancer, it was good to let the rhythm take over and the feet spin.

This poem was born out of my Tango love. I found these incredible Tango paintings all over the web and thought it would be nice to share them here. In picking the music, it was tempting to go for a Tango music. Instead, I thought it would be unusual yet pertinent to pick a more intimate, emotional song that tells the story of you and I.

For that's what Tango is all about.

You and I.




The narrow cobbled streets

The moonlit strip of sky

That lights your face


The dirty walls shine

The grimy windows wink

And the creaky doors grin

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We may dream of better

Paved roads, neon lit strips

And bright white doors


But the tap tap of our feet

Echo in these alleys

Sweet rhythm


Joining the thump thump

of our hearts

where chests caress


I clutch you, spin you

Grip you, win you

Never letting go


Up close, your face

The look in your eyes

Breaths coalesce


Legs twist, spin

Push, pull

In harmony


No air dare

Creep between our



The narrow cobbled streets

The moonlit strip of sky

Why dream of more


Than heaven...

Than heaven...


Tango II - Fabian Perez

Tango II - Fabian Perez

© 2011 Mohan Kumar


Joan Veronica Robertson from Concepcion, Chile on January 24, 2014:

This was beautiful! I enjoyed it so much, the art is fantastic and the poem is incredible. The video is lovely to watch, too! I love to play tango music on the piano or keyboard, that's my greatest passion. Most favorite Tangos are a dream to play, the music just carries me along. This was lovely, thank you! Voted up, etc. Shared!

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on July 31, 2013:

Voted up and awesome. Incredibly wonderful. Love the tango. Passing this on.

LKMore01 on May 11, 2013:


Thank you for sharing your passionate imagery. Voted up and beautiful.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on May 11, 2013:

Love, Love, Love the tango paintings and song. Great fusion of song and dance. Your poem is lovely, Docmo. The tango is my favorite dance because of the passion and intricate steps that bring the dancing couple together. Again, another winning artistic piece.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on May 10, 2013:


when I was a teenager, I wanted to learn Tango, sadly I did not find a partner.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 07, 2013:

@Daisy: thank you, very kind.

@Dana: I too like the Fabian Perez's dusky, dark and delicious paintings that convey the seductive mood of Tango. thanks for your visit.

@Christy: thank you very much - It's great as a fellow Tango lover you like this poem/video.

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on May 05, 2013:

I love to dance and the tango is a classic routine. Well done with the words of the poem and I like the intro!

Dana Strang from Ohio on May 05, 2013:

The video is beautiful. Amazing art as always. I like the works by Fabian Perez very much. Thank you for the intriduction to a new artist. The song choice is excellent. The tango itself, the art, and your words are so sultry that the pairing of a soft romantic song is a perfect compliment..... If the doctor thing doesn't work out, you coild have a great career making wedding videos ;)

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on May 05, 2013:

Mohan (Docmo),

Wow! I didn't think it was possible to improve upon perfection! The video you added is terrific.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 05, 2013:

@Dana: Thank you for coming back for it made me come back here too. And I thought, why not complement the poem with a video of Tango art... so thanks for inspiring me to add something extra to this poem that is close to my heart too.

Dana Strang from Ohio on May 05, 2013:

It was nearly a year ago that I first read this. It is just as good as I remember. Maybe even better. It will always be one of my favorites. One of those works that has become a part of me.... Love it when that happens.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on March 23, 2013:

@Daisy - I am eternally grateful that you keep my hubspirits high during this temporary self imposed absence.. Thank you so much!

@xstatic- always appreciate your kind comments. thanks.

@Wayne- thanks- glad you enjoyed this.

@Cyndi - this was inspired by an Argentine Tango lesson. I enjoyed the dance and the rhythm and it kept playing in my head when I wrote this. Thank you.

@Jaye- Thank you so much. I write what I feel and I am truly delighted that others can feel it too.

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on March 23, 2013:

Doc...The passion in these verses takes my breath away (a phenomenon apparently shared by other readers). One doesn't simply read this poem--one FEELS it!

Voted Up, Awesome, Beautiful (and there should be a button for Magnificent)


Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on March 23, 2013:

Beautiful dance, wonderful poem! I'm breathless reading this. What a treat on a Saturday afternoon. Have to share this.

Wayne Barrett from Clearwater Florida on March 23, 2013:

I keep finding these gems that have been shared by Daisy. And this one shines brightly.

Jim Higgins from Eugene, Oregon on March 23, 2013:

Glad Daisy shared this one. It pulses with the tango rythm, and quickens the breath of this reader!

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on March 23, 2013:

Mohan (Docmo),

I've returned to read your poem another time. I'm sharing it with a poetry group to which I belong.

D.Juris Stetser from South Dakota on October 12, 2012:

Awesome, beautiful, interesting, Voted Up, and never

disappoint!!! hugs, dear Mohan.....

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on September 05, 2012:

@Leslie : Glad you liked the 'heat' of the moment... I always wanted ot capture the intensity and the sensuality of the tango and I hope in some way this does. appreciate your comments/sharing!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on September 05, 2012:

@Kathy : thank you so much for your appreciation.

@Tammy- glad you like this.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on September 05, 2012:

@rahul, Thelma, Sueswan, Made, Audrey, Maria: thank you all for reading this and your appreciation.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on September 05, 2012:

@Dana: I agree there is something so gritty, sultry and sensual about the Salsa, the Tango and the Rumba as it emerged from the streets and alleyways rather than bourgeois ...

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on September 05, 2012:

@ Daisy & Shampa: Thank you for your wonderful comments and appreciation!

Karen Silverman on September 05, 2012:

Pant, pant, pant! Hot, heavy - and heavenly! i felt so in their moment! Yummm..

And the middle picture? Why do so many think naked is sexier than clothed? (don't answer

sharing, tweeting, loving..

Tammy from North Carolina on September 05, 2012:

I love the photos and this poem. You captured the Tango beat and that makes the poem dance off the page. Excellent!

Kathy from Independence, Kansas on August 11, 2012:

Gorgeous in imagery, metaphor (?) and "the dance." Beautifully written....I love that walk down cobbled much more than meets the immediate interpretation. UP Awesome Beautiful Awesome Sensual and....Awesome

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on August 11, 2012:

REALLY nice shoes... oh, the poem is wonderful too!

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on August 11, 2012:

Amazing poem and glorious pictures. The tango...the most romantic of all dances. Thank you.

Madeleine Salin from Finland on August 10, 2012:

A passionate poem with passionate pictures. Enjoyable!

Sueswan on August 10, 2012:

Lovely, romantic and passionate.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on June 20, 2012:

Oh, what a lovely dance! Great poem. Thanks for sharing.

unknown girl on June 06, 2012:

i am representing the ulla f muller school on the ballroom dance

Jessee R from Gurgaon, India on May 26, 2012:

I was dancing along the poem with the beauty of your verse!.. lovely!!

Dana Strang from Ohio on May 25, 2012:

Amazing. You capture the feel of the tango with your words. There is something sultry and gritty about the dance. You can dress it up for a ballroom, but that essence of grit and of the streets and of sensuality that you express so well is always there. Nice job. I like it very much.

Shampa Sadhya from NEW DELHI, INDIA on May 25, 2012:

A lovely poem. I simply loved it.

Voted up and beautiful!

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on May 24, 2012:


Your poem was alive...the dancers, the music... The pace of your words matched the rhythm of the dance.

Well done!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 24, 2012:

(Takes a Bow) Thank you, clever cat. Is that a 'cat whistle' or a 'wolf whistle'. Appreciate your visit.

Rachel Vega from Massachusetts on May 24, 2012:

Whistle whistle!

"No air dare creep"... my favorite part! Lovely poem.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 23, 2012:

Thanks KD, much appreciated. Its one of my personal favourites.

KDuBarry03 on May 23, 2012:

Ah, you definitely captured the reader's attention with this one right from the first stanza! it is amazing how, in such few words, you were able to allow me to visualize everything. I even felt the presence of love and distance in this poem. Well done! Voted Up and beautiful


annie2roverle on January 31, 2012:

It helped me so much who can do better than that

Dawn on January 10, 2012:

Sweltering hot in here Docmo! Beautiful.. enjoyed every bit of it!!

Martie Coetser from South Africa on December 16, 2011:

Docmo, the tango rhythm of your poem, and the words, are brilliant! You know I've actually stopped following you, because I thought you have left Hubland for good :) Glad you're back.

capricornrising from Wilmington, NC on December 15, 2011:

The rhythm of the last two line stanza is both breathtaking and exhilarating.

Beautiful Garbage from Louisiana on December 13, 2011:

a dance close enough to reach the stars!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 12, 2011:

Beautiful Docmo. I'm breathless...Welcome back..

drbj and sherry from south Florida on December 12, 2011:

Ooooh, Docmo, so passionate, so beautiful, so almost but not quite erotic - that is your poetry and this very well-chosen video you used to complement it. Well done, my friend. And welcome back. Voted up.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on December 12, 2011:

@just ask susan - is there a better welcome back than to have that dance with you- thanks!

@Debbie- thanks for your comments- although I do paint and I love those colours- they are not mine.

@Irell VL- thanks very much. Do take up the dance it is a fantastic feeling to do the Argentinian Tango.

@andsoforth- thank you very much.

@rjsadowski- I am glad you noticed that- I wanted to cadence of the poem to reflect the tempo and rhythms somewhat. Much appreciated!

@sofs - delighted to be back after a self imposed and circumstantial hiatus. Its nice to be welcomed back! Thank you, sofs.

@MovieMaster- Thanks for the wow. I am humbled. And proud.

@acaetnna- thank you so much!

@Amy .. when you say it like that... makes me want to write more! Thank you.

Amy Becherer from St. Louis, MO on December 12, 2011:

Agility, passion, Yes, the dance, but mainly, you, Docmo.

acaetnna from Guildford on December 12, 2011:

Such an erotic dance and your poem said it all. Simply awesome.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on December 12, 2011:

I was there dancing every step - wow!

Voted up

Sophie on December 12, 2011:

Doc, you have done it again... awesome. Tango on... :) Welcome back again.

rjsadowski on December 12, 2011:

Beautiful poem and great pictures.The rhythm of the poem was similar to that of a tango. Was that your intention?

andsoforth from Eugene, Oregon on December 11, 2011:

Very nice...thank you.

Irell VL on December 11, 2011:

Nice description of the tango. Even though I don't know how to do this dance (or dance period) this really makes me want to learn how to.

Debby Bruck on December 11, 2011:

Hello Docmo ~ Well constructed Hub with an artistic and erotic nature to the dance. Just want to point out that this woman is most likely wearing a body stocking. Boy, can she do a split. I suppose it is the cultural bent with this type of Tango dance they demonstrate in the performance. Your poem goes along very well with the tone. Are these your painting and do you do the tango? Blessings, Debby

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on December 11, 2011:

It was lovely dancing with you through your poem.

It is so nice to see you. You've been missed around here.

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