December #30 : Swing Your Partner - by Phil Meyer

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Wild Kingdom

Rx Marijuana

Gender Matters

The Fabulous One

Mailbox

S.O.S.

Resistance Gets a Wellcome

Name in Vain

Go Figure

Like Butt-ah

An Aye for an Eye

To Russia Without Love

The Odd Couple

Secondhand Dose

Law and Disorder

AIDS in 2003

Catholic Cleanup

Until the Cure

Say What--December 1997

Diana, Princess of Wales

Chaka Treatment

Bear Essentials

Brace Yourself

All That Jazz

Respect Your Elders!

Bill of Health

Nunz With Attitude

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Don't Mess With Mama

All Yesterday's Parties

The Light Burns Out

Peace of My Heart

Swing Your Partner

Once Upon a Lazarus

The Grim Reefer

In Case of Emergency

A DJ Saved My Life

Sweetness and Blight

"The First Cure"

Breaks for the Aches

Fishing for Supplements

When HIV Drugs Fail

Mary Fisher Gets Mad

Music Is Medicine



Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle

Shingles

Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV


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December 1997

Swing Your Partner

by Phil Meyer

Like a dance hall, this courtyard
smells of stale beer and sausage.
Dead leaves pick up their skirts
docey-doe just so high
until they drop, exhausted
to the pavement
then allemande into gutters
scuttering all the way.
The sun twirls a dingy crinoline,
its ragged hem
sticks to my neck.
Air tastes like cheap cigars
in noisy congratulations wrappers.

Time is an orchestra
on a ten minute break.
I hold my breath for the pay phone to ring,
my doctor calling back with numbers.
Sitting forward on the bench
I tuck in my shirt
run shaky fingers through my hair
primp for the moment
his words will slip their arms behind my back
join hands with mine
and take me for a spin.
The silence pleads for music,
a polka, schottische, square dance.



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