by Karen de Lange
Copyright 2012 Karen de Lange
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I dance. My feet move, one past the other, on the smooth wooden boards. My skirts rustle over my legs, cool silk on my warm skin. The setting sun makes a path of fire across the sea; I can feel its heat on my face, even through my veil. I am surrounded by the scent of flowers and the evening songs of birds, but my only thought is for the grace of my body, for how I may make myself look with each limb arranged just so – and so – and so –