Poetry in Motion

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A Weakness for Boleros

Linda Torres
A red and orange poster features a poem titled A Weakness for Boleros, by Linda Torres.

A Weakness for Boleros

The bolero was composed for you and me.
For all the ten year olds drawn
to the plastic dials of the radio,
drooling a bit perhaps,
swaying uncontrollably as the air
in the room tensed, focused
on the sweet vortex of the singer's voice.
Our breath caught between
the violin strings and the keys
of the piano, the soft beating
of the cowbell in the shadows of the song.
What did I know of that word queer
as I slow danced with a clutched album cover?
In another place. Both of us dazed
as the voice lifted us.

"A Weakness for Boleros" by Linda Torres, from A Weakness for Boleros published by Mayapple Press. Copyright © 2005 by Linda Torres. Reprinted with the permission of the publisher.