Requiem for a Dancer at Jazz Fest

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Brightly you shone in the crowd,
yellow straw hat, gossamer scarf
a floating flag in the breeze stating,
I am here!
Saxophone and guitar notes wrapped
around your swaying body, arms reaching
for sunshine in a sea of song, feet levitating
lightheartedly, your lips the shape of a perfect
heart. You were music embodied in a five
foot two woman who spent her life caring
for others with hands that ministered
and soothed, feet that tirelessly traveled,
but on this day every year your body was yours
in a celebratory ritual as deep as the goddess,
because you were one.

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Prompt: “Today, we’d like to challenge you to write an elegy – a poem typically written in honor or memory of someone dead. But we’d like to challenge you to write an elegy that has a hopefulness to it.”

 

22 thoughts on “Requiem for a Dancer at Jazz Fest

  1. enchanting:
    Saxophone and guitar notes wrapped
    around your swaying body, arms reaching
    for sunshine in a sea of song, feet levitating
    lightheartedly, your lips the shape of a perfect
    heart.

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