Is it Any Wonder? A David Bowie Glosa

A poem by Anne Graue


If you say run, I’ll run with you.
If you say hide, we’ll hide.
Because my love for you
Would break my heart in two.

“Let’s Dance” by David Bowie

No snow in the forecast, and yet there’s snow
on the steps just outside the door. A slanted gift
tied up neatly until the car won’t start or warm
under gloved hands. The stilted morning
lurches forward, cranky and unnatural in smell/
touch/taste, awkwardly leaning toward blue
sky/space/stars, screaming sour cherries
over surreal watches/clocks/timers, screeching
to a halt when the soundbite/arrow rings true.
If you say run, I’ll run with you.

Such a smooth voice. I was twenty and loved
to dance wherever I felt like it, with anyone
who felt like it, but no red shoes—too Kansas.
Fame in the seventies crossed over to eighties
and dancing with Major Tom or anyone floating
by. Under a spell with Freddie, pressure magnified.
It never rains, but it pours, trans-man maxi/mini
wedges/ t-shirts/bell-bottoms with fringe and the
planet earth is blue with possibility, calcified.
If you say hide, we’ll hide.

Human error accounts for most accidents,
but this was no accident; this was art. The moon-
light so serious in the occult dark of time, Osiris
coming back to life/emerging from a tin can
floating far above the Americans, still so young
that cruelty, still so young, that song in blue
funk, that song far from rebellious
and oh so far from home. A revolution
without any sudden noise or hullabaloo.

Because my love for you
sounds like a teenage crush and hurts
twice as much in hindsight, with new
knowledge come to light, so much time
passed from rebel to crooner, from space
man falling to earth girl dancing/crossing
over/through wormholes and witches’ brew
rocketing toward my headphones feeding me
torn dresses, then stepping through the door.
Is it any wonder? That time I spent with you
would break my heart in two.

Anne Graue is a poet and writing instructor living in New York. She has studied poetry at the Hudson Valley Writers Center, Columbia, and Barnard. Her work appears in The Ginosko Literary Journal, The Westchester Review, American Tanka, The 5-2 Crime Poetry Weekly, andThe New Verse News.

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