One of the best things about tidying up the bookshelf is finding bits of paper where I've copied down some item that must have meant something to me at the time. I mean I know exactly what I was thinking when I wrote down the recipe for Hemlock cocktail.
This was an excerpt from an article "In Praise of True Poise" by Jeannie Larmouth, Victoria Magazine - May 1994.
"Poise is manners and movement with a light tossing of charm, the ability to stand silently and to speak with softness. Poise is a grace of posture, a smoothness and flow. Poise hints at aloofness, at a cool yet gracious distance. Poise can be taught, it depends to such a degree on movement. Poise requires much of the actress making her entrance or the ballerina becoming half-music as she twirls en pointe.
Poise disdains all awkwardness, mental and physical, and composure becomes second nature. True poise is not a surface but a suppleness and resiliency of mind and body. To be able to create an impression of tranquility and in a crowd, a sudden quiet. Manners can be displayed then forgotten, poise is an inner discipline."
Jeez, crikey mate, if that don't sum the old witch up right nicely and why did I keep thinking of Steph as I read it?