Now Let’s Say

By on Jan 21, 2013 in Poetry

Moira Shearer from 'The Red Shows'

you are out in the suburbs
in your little gated rooms
and you’re not even
desperate. Let’s say
you’re not so young you
could leave whatever
seemed safe for a fling,
losing it all. Then the
red shoes mania gets to
you. Could be a love,
ballet, it could even be a
horse you fall wild for,
decide you want your
ashes scattered over her
grave. In your head maybe
you’re Moira Shearer,
flame red hair the
whitest skin, mystery skin.
Maybe the red shoes are
the color of what makes
you lie, something you
give up everything else for,
let what matters collide,
tear you to shreds. Are you
going to let this drug, this
hallucinogen slide through
your fingers, settle, be
earth or are you going to
put on those damn red shoes,
morph into a bird, some
thing other worldly as
the look in the dancer’s
eye when asked, “Do you
want to live?” answered,
“I want to dance.”


Lyn Lifshin has published over 130 books and chapbooks including three from Black Sparrow Press: Cold Comfort, Before It's Light and Another Woman Who Looks Like Me. Before Secretariat: The Red Freak, The Miracle, Lifshin published her prize-winning book about the short-lived beautiful race horse Ruffian, The Licorice Daughter: My Year With Ruffian and Barbaro: Beyond Brokenness. Recent books include Ballroom, All the Poets Who Have Touched Me, Living and Dead. All True, Especially The Lies, Light At the End: The Jesus Poems, Katrina, Mirrors, Persphone, Lost In The Fog, Knife Edge & Absinthe: The Tango Poems . NYQ books published A Girl Goes into The Woods. Also just out: For the Roses, poems after Joni Mitchell and Hitchcock Hotel from Danse Macabre; Secretariat: The Red Freak, The Miracle and Tangled as the Alphabet,-- The Istanbul Poems from NightBallet Press. Just released, as well, Malala, the DVD of Lyn Lifshin: Not Made of Glass. The Marilyn Poems was just released from Rubber Boots Press. An update to her Gale Research Autobiography is out: Lips, Blues, Blue Lace: On The Outside. Also just out is a DVD of the documentary film about her: Lyn Lifshin: Not Made Of Glass. Just out: Femme Eterna and Moving Through Stained Glass: the Maple Poems. Forthcoming: Degas Little Dancer and Winter Poems from Kind of a Hurricane press, Poems and Paintings from Tangerine press and The Silk Road from Night Ballet, Ice Maiden from Transcendent Zero Press