Dorothea Lasky

So you think you can move fast

So we all have heard that you think you can
Move really fast
I’ve seen your dance
I am not so sure that I agree
The arms go, yeah, they do
But the people behind you are not so fast
Is that fast moving
What kind of lead mover
Would not ask the others
If they are in sync
The man in the back, while athletic
Is just shuffling
I think the girl in pink is settling
Your headband is pretty, yes
And the red leotard
I’d pair that with a gold and glittering skirt
But what about the other people, lady
You are always moving
You don’t ever look behind you
To see if the others
Are moving, too

Dorothea Lasky is the author of Black Life and AWE, both out from Wave Books. She is also the author of several chapbooks, including Poetry is Not a Project (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010). She currently lives in New York City.

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