The Idea of Dance

For the Victims of Orlando

moving your body
as if it were your last day,
touching stars on the ceiling
spinning as if you are in control of gravity,
of the tides
and taking in your arms friends and strangers

It is not
moving your body
on your last day,
never dreaming of touching stars again,
losing control of your spin
falling down in the tide of your own blood,
and being taken in the arms of friends and strangers

Wendy Labinger

Wendy Labinger is a 2016 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow. She teaches English as a second language at UCLA’s American Language Center and has a master’s degree in deaf education from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.  Wendy lives and writes in West Hollywood.

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