I found a place where I had once

belonged but no longer–

a place I remembered not

as clearly as I thought


Dancing there as if he were still me,

I left with genuine calluses on my toes

a misfit,

not so painfully aware,

till now–


-by S.A. Bort April 28, 2012

above photo: “Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom” by S.A. Bort  4.27.2012

“Exposed remnants of Cervantes’ previous swing-era incarnation as the Casino Cabaret with mural of Louis Armstrong” by S.A. Bort  4.27.2012