Giovanni Boldini, Cleo de Merode (1907)
Cleo de Merode, Robert A. Sieczkiewicz
Cleo Merode ballerina prima,
You are most of all a beautiful flirt,
Putting hearts of many in a coma.
Oh! The power your dancing does exert!
A king you have brought to his royal knees,
With gentle smiles and those daring brown eyes.
Captivating and ensnaring with ease,
On the stage with that tantalizing guise.
You move from place to place with utmost grace,
Stealing men’s weakened hearts along the way.
They dream of touching your beautiful face,
And into their waiting arms you will sway.
Is it the very moves within your dance?
Or your raw beauty which creates the trance?