Head Over Heels (Doin’ the Hokey Pokey)
You say, hey sweetie, I want you to listen to this song, it reminds me of you,
and you sing those lines to me before you gently place needle against vinyl,
…and when she walks she walks
and when she talks she talks…
You say, hey sweetie, you remember the walks along the delta bed we took to the wood bridge?
Past the almond tree?
Where the jackrabbit took his chances in the fields and the sparrow hawk took his dives?
How the sun forced us to stare at our footsteps,
light was louder than sound
and we gushed about the colors of stones dancing with their own shadows?
Of course I do, I say, You held my hand until you had to share with the wildflowers I picked for your Pop
I set the daisies and clover blossoms, the Queen Anne’s lace and foxglove in a jar next to his chessboard,
and I asked you to teach me about seeing three moves ahead
to protect my king.
You smile your big beautiful smile and say, hey sweetie, you’re the only one that can do the Crunge
and nobodies business can follow your
when you put your whole self in
and shake it all about...