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Tango Lessons

written by: Kenneth Salzmann

 

Step slow slow quick quick
slow
through a lifetime
of swivels and turns
and graceful cortés.

Embrace your partner
sensuously
as you wished to embrace
life itself, wrapping your arms
around a space between
the firm grasp of certainty
and the loose elegance
of letting go.
Step slow slow
quick quick
slow toward
the final tanda.

Death—the poet of love said
edging unto the dance floor—
comes in a dream
wears a miniskirt
and teaches the dying
to tango.

Kenneth Salzmann

Kenneth Salzmann

Kenneth Salzmann’s poems appear in numerous journals and anthologies, including the Chiron Review, California Quarterly, Rattle, Comstock Review, and Chronogram. He currently lives much of the year in Mexico. His most recent book, The Last Jazz Fan and Other Poems, is available on amazon.
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