for Joe Bataan
1
some waves
                     a wave of now
                                               a trombone speaking to you
a piano is trying to break a molecule
is trying to lift the stage into orbit
around the red spotlights
a shadow
the shadows      of dancers
dancers     they are dancing    falling
out that space      made for dancing
they should dance
on the tables            they should
dance inside of their drinks
they should dance on the
ceiling they should dance/dance
thru universes
leaning-moving
                          we are traveling
where are we going
if we only knew
with this rhythm    with
this banging     with     fire
with this     all    this    O
my god i wonder    where are
we going
           sink into a room full of laughter
           full of happiness     full of life
           those dancers
           the dancers
           are clapping their hands
           stomping their feet
hold back them tears
                                     all those sentimental stories
cooked uptown       if you can           hold it for after
we are going
                     away-away-away
                     beyond these wooden tables
                     beyond these red lights
                     beyond these rugs & paper
                     walls beyond way past
                     i mean way past them clouds
                     over the buildings    over the
                     rivers    over towns    over cities
                     like on rails   but faster   like
                     a train    but smoother
                     away past stars
                     bursting with drums.
2
a sudden misunderstanding
                                                a cloud
                                                full of grayness
a body thru a store window
                                                a hand reaching
                                                into the back
                                                                      pocket
a scream
               a piano is talking to you
               thru all this
               why don't you answer it.
 
From Maraca: New and Selected Poems 1965-2000 by Victor Hernández Cruz. Copyright © 2001 by Victor Hernández Cruz. Published by Coffee House Press. Used by permission of the publisher.

Poems by This Author

Problems with Hurricanes by Victor Hernández Cruz
A campesino looked at the air
Side 19 by Victor Hernandez Cruz
The Empire State Building / Is on 63rd Street
The Face Without Makeup by Victor Hernández Cruz
The Lower East Side of Manhattan by Victor Hernández Cruz
Vigo Martin by Victor Hernández Cruz
In a city that now floats


Further Reading

Poems about Dancing
A Peacock in Spring
by Joyelle McSweeney
Borderline Mambo
by Rita Dove
Brokeheart: Just like that
by Patrick Rosal
Complaint of Isadora Duncan's Scarf
by Charles Jensen
M. Degas Teaches Art & Science at Durfee Intermediate School, Detroit 1942
by Philip Levine
My Papa's Waltz
by Theodore Roethke
The Dance
by Humberto Ak'Abal
The Waltz We Were Born For
by Walt McDonald
Two Pages, 122 Words on Music and Dance
by John Cage
Poems about Musical Instruments
A Musical Instrument
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
A Violin at Dusk
by Lizette Woodworth Reese
Hymn to God, My God, in My Sickness
by John Donne
Piano
by D. H. Lawrence
Sonnet V
by Mahmoud Darwish
The Guitar
by Federico García Lorca
[ 14 ]
by Martha Collins
Poems about Music
08/22/08
by David Lehman
A Book Of Music
by Jack Spicer
A Score for Tourist Movies
by Mary Austin Speaker
A Violin at Dusk
by Lizette Woodworth Reese
Alexander's Feast; or, the Power of Music
by John Dryden
B-Sides from my Idol Tryouts
by Harmony Holiday
Beagle or Something
by April Bernard
Fiddler Jones
by Edgar Lee Masters
Get Up, Please
by David Kirby
Go Greyhound
by Bob Hicok
Here and Now
by Stephen Dunn
Honky Tonk in Cleveland, Ohio
by Carl Sandburg
Hymn to God, My God, in My Sickness
by John Donne
Hymn to the Night
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Interlude: Still Still
by Robin Behn
Little Fugue
by Marianne Boruch
Lost Fugue for Chet
by Lynda Hull
Lullaby in Blue
by Betsy Sholl
Mozart
by Caroline Knox
Ode to Lil’ Kim in Florence
by Barbara Hamby
On 52nd Street
by Philip Levine
Passing Through Albuquerque
by John Balaban
Poem for You
by David Shapiro
Record
by Katrina Vandenberg
Street Music
by Robert Pinsky
The Banjo Player
by Fenton Johnson
The Day Duke Raised: May 24th, 1974
by Quincy Troupe
The Everyday Enchantment of Music
by Mark Strand
The Guitar
by Federico García Lorca
The Last Evening
by Steven Kronen
The Owl and the Pussy-Cat
by Edward Lear
The Supremes
by Mark Jarman
The Waltz We Were Born For
by Walt McDonald
The Weary Blues
by Langston Hughes
The World Doesn’t Want Me Anymore, and It Doesn’t Know It
by Sean Singer
Two Pages, 122 Words on Music and Dance
by John Cage
Untitled
by David Meltzer
Water Music
by Robert Creeley