dancing amidst a great war of generations.
She slid smoothly across a battleground, leaving scorching trails of red flame behind her, and
my eyes were captivated, and my soul enraptured
by the way she passed, unscathed, through the chaos.
She crooned to me in a voice of shadowy steel,
“you don’t need God or man,
just one dance to make you feel whole again;”
and I believed
because the ground underneath was already destroyed,
littered with mines and wrought with disease and choked by the roots of trees
that no longer grow.
because the earth was ripped to shreds from the inside out,
and there was such beauty in symmetry.
So we danced the nights away
Slowly at first, spinning
t i m e s, then faster
until I had to take my leave, with the memory of her strange ballet carved into my head
and our marks left burning along the ground.
Yet the wholeness she had promised, that had tempted my heart, was false
and I felt just as broken as I always had.
Desperate, I sought once more the remedy of that witch doctor
demanding that she give me what I needed
but all she could offer was another dance.
As the snow fell calmly, she spun me into a frenzy
whipping around until the landscape blurred and receded
and I could no longer remember why I had come.
Finally the sun rose again
illuminating the flaming, scarred ground
Still I felt no stronger, but all she did
Finally I banished
that nefarious sorceress, whose elixirs always failed me
and who destroyed my landscape while promising repair with her iniquitous whispers
I sent her far away, swearing that she would never again return, never again desecrate
this land that has been granted by God.
Yet even now, she beats immortal
against the walls that I have put up against her
powerful temptation in her silver voice; urging, begging, pleading with me to return to her steely embrace
countless times I have turned away, refusing to listen to her serpentine fabrications, shutting my eyes to her willowy movements, trying to resist;
but still, in those shadowy outskirts, in that great wasteland,
she dances on.