Dance

Sylvia Sánchez Garza

You dance

flamboyantly─
 

 

Rhythm flowing in fury

buzzing beyond, boundless,
 

 

hostile hands hurling and heaving

at you.
 

 

Adorned in black velvet,

you mingle in the mist with magical eyes,
 

 

perfecting a passionate routine.

SWAT!
 

 

Almost─

Had you!
 

 

The swatter sits back down

silently, smirking,
 

 

patiently prepping for battle.

Evade nor escape your epilogue!
 

 

Still…

you dance─
 

 

Wide-eyes, you shout,

WAIT!
 

Can't you let us be?

If you had
 

 

but three weeks,

wouldn't you
 

 

dance?

Wouldn't you
 

 

want to spin-in somersaults, to

dance
 

 

through the steam with your love?

Enjoying your lightening life,
 

 

Without worrying about getting smacked by

yesterday's news.
 

 

Love squished to nothing.

United.
 

 

Unwavering,

we remain.
 

 

No need for brutal, violent bloodshed…
We won't go away!

 

 

We'll multiply.

Coexist with us
 

 

in camaraderie.

Denounce your denial
 

 

and let us─

dance

Sylvia Sánchez Garza holds a B.A. in English, an M.A. in School Administration, and a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies. Her novel, Cascarones, about the cultures and traditions of growing up in south Texas, has won several awards. Her short story will be featured in an anthology by Philomel Books in 2021. At the start of the pandemic, she spent her extra time writing poetry as an outlet. Her work has now been published by Unique Poetry,  Poetry and Covid and will soon be available in an anthology by The Ice Colony. She lives in Edinburg, Texas, with her family and three dogs.

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