to be (jazz baby)

what did you learn
in miss lillias’
school

to twirl . . .

pirouette . . .

to float
as though upon
the air

and when
did you first learn
about
the palais

the palais de dance

about escape
from your bedroom
in the night
to float across
a different air

jazz
a-ma-tazz

from fourteen
in a ballet class
to
sixteen
in the night

oh
what a journey
for a girl

to be
jazz baby

~

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