Fall Into Life (dance poem)
Age Rating: 13 +
Older now, so much older than I was then
One hundred years pass as one grain of sand falls
Crowds streaming out the doors like ants
Chattering like monkeys
I am left alone, dismally awaiting the cleanup crew
Who will “take care”
Of spilled drinks and food, lest
Ants and monkeys come in.
I stand alone in the center of the abandoned stage
Glitter, lights, music, makeup
All gone now
Trickled away, wafted away, left with the chatter of the monkeys.
Spotlight snaps on
I am barely conscious of its presence
It’s supposed to be there.
Bathed in a yellow-white waterfall
Eyes cast down in shadow
Folds of dress shrouded in noirè mystery
It must be that way.
Audiences don’t understand what they see
When they see a glimpse of this performance
They shake their heads
Laugh, if tenacious enough
Mostly hurry away, back to their antsy lives.
My back straightens
As my heels rise
Floating on my toes, I lift my face
Green soul-light like lamps beneath my shadowed brow
I lift my hands, arms, in a salute to Life
I raise a gazelle leg and twirl
Tulle splays, satin ripples
Gliding ribbons, clouding lace
Insubstantial gown of fantasy.
Focusing on the steps of this dance
One false move could be my last.
Intense concentration, labored breathing
Foot slide, do the splits
High kick, leap and land
Hope my ankle doesn’t twist
Now the twirling
Iris of power, drawing every color from the darkness to me
One foot on the ground
Other up, bent at knee
Arms forward, palms face out, hair whipping
Spin it up, spin it smooth
Thread for the tapestry of Life.
Dye provided by the dancer.
Plant both feet on the stage
Flat black paint beneath me.
Glitter captured on my nails
Fingers flashing out like fireworks
Setting stars upon the ceiling.
Light, bright footwork
Dancing on tips of toes, hardly bothering to touch anything solid
Flittering, twittering, wafting along
Like duck fuzz in spring wind.
Then the heady rush of excitement overtakes my physical form
Leaping, kicking, sunfishing
(Joy, not simple – never simple)
A star let out of the captivity of empty space
To the company of other stars
Joining the eternal dance of Life.
I land from a leap on one toe, draw the other foot up my heel
Ankle, calf, leg
Then stretch it forward
A smooth, silky move
For a smooth, silky appendage.
Go flat-foot to regain my balance – breath comes later
Bend my knee
To sink gracefully to the floor.
Hair flows over neck, shoulder, back, and breast
Settling like flower petals tossed for a bride
Face and hands and fingers bloom upwards, sending my essence up to the sky
Then glide back down behind me
Bringing my shoulders and back, leaning back
Until I lie in the pool of light
Bathing me in a yellow-white waterfall
The few last notes
Of a piano that was never playing
drop, drop, drop...
Fall into Life.