Writers-in-Residence Excerpts of Work

The dance

treading the boards
worn bare by those
who danced before them
the women begin
the guided and the guiding
tripping the light fantastic
gliding and dipping
creating a space around them
for the Quickstep or the Jive
like pairs of Whirling Dervishes
each takes her neighbour for a spin
these night rhythms
(not so different the day’s)
link them to each other
for life

Margaret McKenzie
Melbourne, Australia

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