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Who Needs Dancing with the Stars? - Jennifer McCloskey

Who Needs Dancing with the Stars? - Jennifer McCloskey

Mixed Media Textile 

8.5" x 8.5"

 

Who Needs Dancing with the Stars?

Jill Clark

 

Old People Dance in Private.

Not just the Rumba, Charleston, or Lindy Hop 

before granddaughter comes to visit.

Twirling around the kitchen

slapping the air with clam-claps 

like hollow castanets,

elbows and ankles marching up

an invisible ladder,

joyous spasms jerking.

No name for this dance yet.

 Swirling alone recalling fleeting moments 

with a toddler who two-stepped

around my heart. 

 

Facing age, hers and mine.

 

Her day today, seventeen. 

Forgiving the sun-ripened silken hair,

cherry-blossomed cheeks

adrift with fruity rose-petal scent—. 

The virginal blush. 

Her foot jitterbugging in nervous tapping

echoing off a wax-sheened wooden floor

waiting—to slide, to spin, to spill 

a heart-crushing slow dance saved only for him.

    $80.00Price
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