serious dancers jam & roll forth in procession
to the deep, bassy drumbeat. The ‘gathering-fire’ lights their
way & destination around which, the group travels like a
centipede encircling a landed lightning bug.
surrounding crowd laughs, claps, and rocks to the pri-
mal horns & drums. I did not notice her there. Someone stepped
aside making her appear like a revelation of something more
real and beautiful than anything. She, unassuming.
offers forth her palm full of sunflower seeds asking “Will
you eat them for a little pleasure now, or invest a little in sowing
them soon -enjoying their lasting rewards?”
the seeds into my jeans pocket, suddenly I notice a
music-cranking monkey-peddler –cranking out his jack-in-the
-box tunes… while the monkey dances and picks the crowd’s
pockets. I look at the vendor, then for the lady who, is now
dancing with the thieving primate?
decide I’ve received my benefit. It is good to know when to
move on gratefully, without further questioning why good & evil
work together to bring about beneficial lessons for us all. Turning,
I go to plant new seeds.
by Bartley C. Keith