By Ann Goldsmith
Country western dances
twang-thump over the car radio
highway humming along
and Dal in red plaid shirt
On my way to my sister’s
darkened home, Dallas,
her husband who didn’t dance,
steps in style
to the strains of fiddle and guitar.
He holds himself as he did in life:
contained, exact, inborn rhythm
and a sly gleam. It’s plain
he is master of the do-si-do,
the tight turn, that he knows
how to swing his partner.
Yesterday, he hung onto the sheets
as if with his cold hands
he could hold back
the heavy swells rocking the bed.
But the storm threw him off.
The Phoenicians dreamed of gold
and fresh songs
waiting to be discovered
beyond the world’s edge –
so they sailed there.
It seems there is dancing as well
in that place, where anything
will do for a ship.
ANN GOLDSMITH will be the featured guest of the SUNY Empire State College Reading Series at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the college’s Niagara Frontier Center in the Appletree Business Park, 2875 Union Road, Cheektowaga. A former journalist and educator, she is the author of “No One Is the Same Again” (winner of the 1999 Quarterly Review of Literature Poetry Prize) and “The Spaces Between Us,” published in 2010 by Outriders Poetry Project Press.
Poem submissions: The poems printed
in the Spotlight section of The Buffalo News
are selected by R.D. Pohl. Poems should be sent
to him at: R.D. Pohl, P.O. Box 641, Buffalo, N.Y. 14225.