Dancing in the Street
When the Stones played Zilker Park
50,000 people paid $100 each to go inside
the fence, to catch a glimpse of Mick Jagger
in red sequins dance, belt out classics —
he even sang "Bob Wills is King,"
the crowd went wild.
We sat on our front porch.
One of the twins
and his wife and baby girl walked down
to the park and returned with the news
that it was easier
to hear the Stones from our yard
than close up.
I pointed a phone at the sky.
My sister in California caught a riff
"Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself."
The other twin and his girlfriend
sat on the tailgate of a pickup
in the driveway snuggling and
At one point I said something
and he said,
"Speak up Mom. We’re at a Concert."
Jay and I sat on the porch —
a plate of blackened chicken,
warm bread, a glass of wine.
The momentum of cheering crowds
washed across our neighborhood in waves.
Later, we danced in the street with our
two year old granddaughter,
then watched fireworks thru the branches
of trees holding the beat.
Gotta love South Austin.
We’ve got a local bumper sticker —
78704: Not a Zip Code, A Way of Life.
©Susan Bright, 2006,
Susan Bright is the author of nineteen books of poetry. She is the editor of Plain View Press which since 1975 has published one-hundred-and-fifty books. Her work as a poet, publisher, activist and educator has taken her all over the United States and abroad. Her most recent book, The Layers of Our Seeing, is a collection of poetry, photographs and essays about peace done in collaboration with photographer Alan Pogue and Middle Eastern journalist, Muna Hamzeh.
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