The impulse in song

by DRM

The impulse in song

What wants to sing,
to thresh the air with sound
and watch the chaff rise,
lift, grab, elevate, erupt

Into a line of song
that makes me want
to swing my legs to and fro,
snap my fingers like this?

The ball of my foot pushes
on the wood floor so I can see
my other self — the musical self —
leap softly into the melody.

Feb 2009