The Electric Slide Boogie

AUDRE LORDE
 
 

 

New Year's Day 1:16 AM
and my body is weary beyond
time to withdraw and rest
ample room allowed me in everyone's head
but community calls
right over the threshold
drums beating through the walls
children playing their truck dramas
under the collapsible coatrack
in the narrow hallway outside my room

The TV lounge next door is wide open
it is midnight in Idaho
and the throb easy subtle spin
of the electric slide boogie
step-stepping
around the corner of the parlor
past the sweet clink
of dining room glasses
and the edged aroma of slightly overdone
dutch-apple pie
all laced together
with the rich dark laughter
of Gloria
and her higher-octave sisters

How hard it is to sleep
in the middle of life.

 

.
January 3, 1992
 
 

 


 
 

 

©1993, 1995 by Audre Lorde

 

"The Electric Slide Boogie" is from Audre Lorde's The Marvelous Arithmetics of Distance, published by W.W. Norton & Co. in August, 1993. Lorde's work appear in this STANDARDS' tribute by permission of the Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency, Inc., New York.

 

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 Original Graphic Image © 1995 by Jim Davis-Rosenthal
 
 

 

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