An older man wearing a cowboy hat

feather inserted into its leather band

braided with colorful beads

dances alone …

…..

his hands … !

elegant,

bent at the wrist,

palms facing forward

each finger poised differently …

…..

they move in graceful arcs

left to right in time

with the music … while

his feet trace graceful cursive patterns on the

black top street

below …

…..

A slender girl with long legs and boney knees

wearing a flared white skirt jumps up and up

and up …

…..

with each descent her white skirt opens like a parachute …

flairs outward like a gardenia blossom …

…..

she holds her neck stiffly …

bends her knees at the top of each leap

her legs disappear within the

flower …

 for one brief moment

she is suspended in mid air,

three feet above the ground …

ethereal …

her face lost in

ecstasy …

…..

the energy of the storm coalesces itself into a

swirling hot sun of

movement …

…..

the surrounding crowd becomes an orbiting mass of

planets and asteroids around the

hot sun of

dancers …

…..

dogs,  people sitting on curbs women with

baby strollers the

first row of onlookers on canvas chairs

form the closest

orbit …

…..

adolescent boys with sad searching eyes shuffle alongside

adult men and women with the

same expressions …

the outer planets wandering aimlessly …

…..

finally,  there are those outside the

orbiting mass of movement …

dead planets waiting for life

to inhabit them …

…..

at times they smile with slivers of fleeting joy …

they want to feel the freedom of

unbridled movement …

but they are trapped within

the confines of their fear  and

insecurity …

i gaze at them …

i sense their yearning …

a yearning to be

part of the

creation …

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