snapshot right now she is dancing in her orange kitchen like she hasn’t a care in the world see how she freestyles sunshine is spinning rainbows tiptoes barefoot gold smiles as she dances, like no-one is watching right now she is cranking it up loud louder loudest is singing along, makes up the words she doesn’t know, plays air guitar like a virtuoso, holds the note…. waits…. swoops whoops stomps stomps stomps when the beat drops in, dark and phat and dirty right now she’s a spliff clasped in one hand cider in the other empty bottle on the worktop four cooling, waiting in the fridge silver jewellery catching the light as sun pours in through evening window right now if you could paint a picture of perfection of contentment, full and sated, a woman at ease with herself and the world you might choose to pick up your brush capture this right now she can believe the days when she is stretched so thin when we are stretched so thin when her head is visited by old ghosts and cross-hatch scars itch beneath her sleeves those days are gone forever right now she’s turned away from everything melting icecaps, forests burning shut down the laptop, switched off the news silenced the trolls and those who choose to see tearing others down as some kind of validation knock yourselves out – her life is, will be, a celebration right now she can breathe she can dance she can dream right now there is this moment there is nothing but this moment she is dancing in her orange kitchen smiling as she dances, and this is love © Steve Pottinger. 7 Mar 2021
Steve Pottinger is a poet, author, and workshop facilitator, and a founding member of Wolverhampton arts collective ‘Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists’.
His work has featured in poetry magazines and anthologies and he is a regular contributor to online poetry platforms. He has performed at Ledbury and StAnza poetry festivals and the Edinburgh Free Fringe, and in venues across the country, from Penzance to Orkney.
His sixth volume of poems, ‘thirty-one small acts of love and resistance’, was published by Ignite Books. He has also written three punk autobiographies, including ‘City Baby’ (the story of Ross Lomas, bassist with Birmingham punk legends GBH for over 30 years).