2015 · 2015/06 · Vignette

Dancing

Twirl girl, twist right,

your skirt will lift up and your knees will show.

Twirl girl, twist left,

your first ever skirt is borrowed but looks good.


Twirl girl, twist right,

you are only five but they stare

is this how it should fit?

and you begin to wonder why you never had a skirt.

Twirl girl, twist left,

you see the expectation in their eyes,

will the fabric rip?

and over a decade goes by until you want to wear a skirt.


Twirl girl, twist right and left, twist and twirl until you get dizzy and fall, and someone picks you up laughing, little princess tumbling in the folds of her skirt.

Twirl girl, twist right and left, twist and twirl until you are so dizzy you won’t notice the judgement in their eyes, condemning a five year old princess to feel like she’s not fit for a skirt.

Twirl girl, twist right and left, twist and turn before you see their glances and internalise their idiocy, before you let yourself grow up with the ‘it’s not for me’ mentality that will rob you of skirts and the belief that you are fit for anything you set your mind to.

Twirl and twist and dance, dance until your legs can’t hold you, and not because, as mother kindly cautioned, they are too thick to hold you up, twist and twirl and dance until your knees buckle and you fall into a heap on the floor, laughing, petting the fold of the skirt you’ve been wanting to wear for years.

Twirl and twist and dance, dance before you grow up hating the body that was not the factory cut uniform size, and conform into the ignorant belief that if one size does not fit all, then the problem is not with the cut.

Twirl and twist and dance, dance until your skirt lifts up and your knees will show, until you are dizzy from giggling and fall over your own feet. There is no other reason to ever be on the ground.

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