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Contrary Emotions of the Dance

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tell me again

I’ve heard everything there is to hear

asked everything there was to ask

though the only precedent I have

is an eighth grade formal

with cliche slow dances

and hot spotlights

an underwhelming event

at most

 

my sisters shoving me in

satin

            lace

                      sequins

endless sequence

six inch heels

                groping the wall

                                     a fawn

                                             learning to walk

 

the night approaches

the night arrives

 

the endless clacks on the tile floor

and the suffocating chatter

but for a moment

as I step under the canopy

time slows to a stop

as the timeless twirls

turn into an embellished entrance

as the lights sparkle the punch bowl

and the sparkles light the punch

of the beauty and the air leaves my lungs

 

and perhaps the time as the test subject

                   the awws and coos

were worth the

                   ahhs and oohs

of that disorienting night

 

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