Miller School of Dance
by Francine DuBois
For the academy
Gently we bend,
Letting the burden of Anti-Semitism
of our tired bones.
Pulling strength from guts,
Stomping our boots in retaliation.
(we don't think about willy loman too much,
okay? it's not good for the digestion. just know
we're all to blame. okay? now, step 2, 3, 4.)
Ears to our shoulders,
We hear not the questions
Shedding the weight of her mystique
Like raindrops on an otter's slickened coat.
(they always ask about her, not letting
her sleep. that's all she wanted, a moment of
darkness from flashbulbs and secrets.)
Don't neglect your hands,
Workhorses of the average man.
them with grace, beauty, and innocence.
the difference between carefree
And carelessness is crucial. Your
Will tell you which matters in the end.
Francine's Version -- Hezekiah's Version -- Inspiration
(you must dance for yourself primarily,
although you never dance for just yourself.
you dance for all people. this much is true.)
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