And We Still Dance

By Larry H. Spruill

Dancing Till Death

Grandma, Mama, and Auntie
dancing like fertile maidens
moving hands and shoulders
head and hips
silky smooth like
Harlem dance hall queens
gently smiling
walking and sailing along
improvised choreographed
ancestral paths
beautiful gray-haired
honeyed women
of an Asante royal harem
painting slow motion pictures
of African womanhood
for the lost-found daughters
from across the great river
Queen Mothers
still dancing the dance
inviting ancestral blessings
welcoming their American
daughters and sons
home to a forgotten world
of drum and song
the spirit of African life.


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