Trance Dancer


Photo: Phil Head

by Jack Hirschman for Pearl Ubungen

Trance Dancer
I’ve been translating
from voodoo’s language

Drumbeats to feed your feet

The last time
before little Salvatore
I went back to the floor
where you whirled out
your ode to the art
of ultimate innocence

and I swept
the echoes embedded
in the wood
into my arms,
soul – fetishist
that I am.

Trance Dancer
with whom I share
a reciproleap of rainbows

from poor Port-au-Prince
to Hanoi
to the slums of Manila
to the Tenderloin.

Tanbou Tanbou
bat pou dans la.

to feed your feet.