Shadow Dance

shadow dance

I can see your silhouette

dancing in the dark

with the diminishing light

as your gracious escort

Your frail gliding body

Does to my eyes seem

Like a monochrome memory

of a long forgotten dream

You surround me with images

of a colorful childhood

Whose sounds echo in my ears

Lost. Lonely. Subdued

As your shadow performs alone

on this peaceful night

with the grass as your stage

and the stars as your spotlight

I let my eyes linger

On the fabric of movements you’ve spun

And finally the beat of your body

and my minds rhythm become one

The anklets ring louder

Your form develops hue

My thoughts go back to a time

when I was just like you

I would prance across the hall

to a music divine

My hands and legs in synchrony

revealing the soul of mine

Each breath guided me

through this maze of melody

Every cell in me enamored

by the passion one could embody

Eyes would glisten

Applauses would thunder

at the sight of me

dancing without wonder

But  the praise soon died down

The crowd became fewer

I snapped back to reality

which was far more shrewer

For I was no longer that girl

whose body created art

Dance and I were separated forever

For injury had done us apart

Handicapped and incapable

Today I relived my past

That unknown dancing silhouette

What a spell on me had cast!

For though my legs didn’t move

I felt I was flying in the air

For though my hands don’t shake

I could hear the bangles I didn’t wear

For though I could dance no more

I was dancing through her then

As she moved and twirled in darkness

I learnt how to live again


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