FNS: Thrust from Marilyn Zelke-Windau

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Every Friday night we feature a short story, essay, personal narrative,
poem, spoken word, or short film for your enjoyment.

Helen Presents: a poem from Marilyn Zelke-Windau


Brazilian music beckons.
My toes twitch,
calves cramp.
My thighs feel blood descending,
ascending to core,
and I dance
as though I belong
to the Portuguese,
to the south,
to the opposite swirl of water
down pipes in this
northern hemisphere of Wisconsin.
The music becomes me
and I the music
as water reaches,
water branches,
thrust so many miles,
so many lifetimes past,
to find me
dancing.


Marilyn Zelke-Windau is a Wisconsin poet and a former elementary school art teacher. She enjoys painting with words. Her poems have appeared in many printed and online venues including Verse Wisconsin, Stoneboat, Fox Cry Review, Your Daily Poem, Midwest Prairie Review and several anthologies. Her chapbook Adventures in Paradise (Finishing Line Press) and a full length, illustrated manuscript, Momentary Ordinary (Pebblebrook Press) were both published in 2014.

Her poem “Daily Classics” is published in our music issue.

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