(found among my grandmother’s letters)
So dance, then-
on the sidewalk,
in the backyard,
under the naked lights,
in the depths of the dark,
awkwardly, utterly, ridiculously,
or as smooth as you are
(or think you are);
on water, if you’re that good;
or close with another;
whether free, flowing in the air,
or guilty and perhaps weighed-down…
dance with no alibi.
There are little things
in the rooms of wood and brass and string and spotlight,
in between the rock and the roll and the jazz and the jive;
little things with no price-tag
that hammer together the house of the soul.
Did you know
you’ll most likely attend an equal number
of weddings and funerals?
Yes, you may have to tidy up afterwards…
but dance in the kitchen, for heaven’s sake!
What exactly do you think you are?
this does not require wings.