In a dim room at the far end of a long hall,
tiny lights flicker above the dancers—
men and women who learned to tango nights,
after work driving trucks and buffing nails.
They surrender to the body’s command,
eyes holding eyes captive, dipping
down and back to music that began
with the immigrants of Buenos Aires,
spread to brothels and dance halls,
now stirring the air of this 19th century hotel room--
unaware of the one who steals a glimpse
from the threshold as they stream
across the dark, wavy mirror on the back wall
like phosphorescent flashes across black water.
Maria Terrone is the author of three poetry collections, Eye to Eye, published by Bordighera Press in May 2014, A Secret Room in Fall and The Bodies We Were Loaned, as well as a chapbook, American Gothic, Take 2.