Fashion Ballet

I watched the slow, disjointed dance

Three sets of bare feet
Pas de basque
in separate stalls
As shoppers try on various items
at the consignment store

A pointed toe in the center stall,
disappears briefly into a plaid short leg
then touches down
twists against a grimy carpet
Heel flows lightly to the floor

To the left, a frilly skirt
sways briefly into view
and rises blithely
above caramel colored knees
plump calves and flat feet

Whooshing poly-cotton provides percussion
As a chipped pedicure
Turns wallward and back
Wallward and back

Denim rustles on center stage
the snick of a snap
the creak of a cheap plywood door
Signals the end of the dance

Exit stage left.


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