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I Love to See Him Dance​.​.​.

from Nhojj Poetry Vol. 3 by Nhojj

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I remember going to a poetry reading in the East Village and seeing this gentleman dance - I will never forget the experience...

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His body isn't young 
Anymore...
Grey hairs cover his face and 
Scalp like snow covers ground 

He doesn't have a dancer's body
He doesn’t have a dancer’s grace 
He's tall and probably weighs a
Little more than he should
Most would look and see... 

A man
Plane and simple 
Nothing delicate
Nothing sensitive 
Just a regular bro with no 
Special gift for dance 
But he dances anyway… 

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When he dances
I feel his every move
Sculptured on disappointment 
Seasoned with heartache
Punctuated by every mistake
He’s a worn jacket turned inside out 
Ready to be sewn lovingly with 
Needle and thread and this 
Melody floating on winds

Tilt your head
Bird song
Spread your wings
Bird song

Look on his face 
Lines creased into concentration 
Inner awareness awake and rising 
His spirit drifting from heavy to light 
His body gesticulating articulating
A spin a twirl a jump a hop 
Hands going this way and that
Weaving a basket of truth 

One cup Africa
Two pinches Alvin Ailey
Stirred together with a fistful of heart 
In a pot over open fire
An elixir simmering... 
Going round and round 
Floating now in slow motion 
Cards revealing the secrets of 
Life and death and how they dance 
Together through time, so...

Every wave of the palm.  Every flick of the wrist  
Every bend of the arm.  Every twist of the hip
Every lift of the thigh.  Every touch of soul through sole on 
Mother Earth...

Becomes...
A moment to savor
A breath to breathe in air
A chance to remember scent of 
Bananas yellow on the kitchen table    
Simple pleasures like 
Honey on tongue 

In this present
Amidst these gifts
His intention is clear 
To be here
Make this dance the best dance 
Dance like this dance is the last dance
Every time 
Every single rhyme 
Expressed now let the rest 
Just be

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from Nhojj Poetry Vol. 3, track released December 8, 2018
Written & performed by Nhojj

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Nhojj Orlando, Florida

Singer/songwriter and poet wading through the rivers of R&B, soul, jazz, and reggae.

My intention is to create sonic spaces where you can experience yourself through the lens of love and acceptance.

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