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Prince

'This Thing Called Life'

Poetry Inspired by the
Music and Spirit of Prince

Prince Rogers Nelson
1958-2016

 

Shawn Aveningo Sanders
Poem

About the Poet

Shawn Aveningo Sanders's poems have appeared in over one hundred literary journals and anthologies.

She’s a Pushcart Prize nominee, co-founder of The Poetry Box, and a managing editor of The Poeming Pigeon.

Aveningo Sanders is a proud mother of three and shares the creative life with her husband in Portland, Oregon.

Go to www.redshoepoet.com.

 


Spring 2017 »

Forever 19
by Shawn Aveningo Sanders

There is a place
where I am forever nineteen,
a place where I can tell my body how to move,
and it follows without creaking –
   
  point your toes, arch your back,
a little more, now reach with your fingertips
to scratch the moon.
   

There is a place
where I can sense the dancers
who came before me, their sweat
locked between coats of varnish.
I glide my palms across the cool
smooth surface, legs straddled
stretching, reaching closer
to myself in the studio mirror.

 
There is a place
where a torn day-glo sweatshirt
dripping off my shoulder,
is the preferred uniform of the day,
along with flesh-tone fishnets
and capezios so broken-in, I can see the outline
of salt-stained toes in the worn leather.
 
There is a place
where the artist formally known as Prince
sings Baby I’m A Star, and with one sip
of metallic, lukewarm water
from the corner drinking fountain,
and another day of pas de bourree – jetté – plié,
I believe
I really can be.

~

Shawn Aveningo Sanders ~

 

 

 

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