I never know what I’m going to see when I go to the plaza in Ajijic. This day, it was a feather display of a different order.
“Clap hands,” they said, “Clap hands
to the music,” and we all obeyed
that 50’s and 60’s band
that we might have followed anywhere–
out the door and across the street into the ocean
like geriatric children following a Pied Piper.
As we had when the music was new,
we gyrated and sweated,
bumped hips, jitterbugged,
did swing and wild improvisation
at Palapa Joe’s.
Joe himself barefoot at the keyboard,
a bookend to Denise at the drums.
And we? We are as hot
as this February night.
“Oh to be young again” is not in anyone’s vocabulary,
for we are teenagers again below the Tropic of Cancer.
In the ocean or in front of it,
sipping the sunset from tiny cobalt glasses,
watching children move toy trucks down sandy roads
of their imagination
and teenagers elfin in the surf.
The sun falling falling farther northwards every day
until that March day we waited for every year when it sank
directly behind the offshore island.
Snap. It is gone.
Double snap. So are we.
Here’s more of a photo story about Palapa Joe’s if you are interested:
The NaPoWriMo prompt was “double” and the WordPress prompt was “snap” so I combined them today…Here are links to those prompt sites in case you want to play along:
Life goes better with the dance,
so do it when you have the chance!
(Click on first photo and then on arrows to enlarge photos and view.)
Moving Right Along
Or this way?This way?Or this way?
This was the first lesson in the new girl’s dance class for girls age 10-14 in our pueblo. Cynthy, the instructor, did a great job and as you can see, the girls paid close attention and I think did wonderfully well. I could hardly stand not dancing along with them. (To be truthful, there was a big mirror in front of them. I stood a bit to the side in the very back and did execute a few of the moves, hoping they couldn’t see me. Then I realized if I could see any of them in the mirror, then they could see me, too.)
I’m very excited about this class and hope the girls remain interested. I’ll sponsor the instruction costs for the first 20 and buy their costumes. Then I hope after their first performance, other sponsors will step forward. Next, a boy’s class of break dancing or other moves that might appeal to them.