Before the Dance

elena gual flamenco dancer portrait.jpg

‘Before the Dance’


in ritual prayer

to the gods of dance.

Prepare your instrument.

Pin locks,

paint lips,

place pearls at your ears

and petaled rubies in your hair.

Wear a dress

that can fly with you,

carried by the breath of melody.

Bathe in beauty,

so music can play upon you.

Art by Elena Gual

Jessica Wilbert