Heel-to-toe, he taps to the harmonics of
reverberating bounces and swish-swooshing tempos,
and to the serenades of sirens outside his window.
He dances the Dig Toe Step to beer can-crushing-
concertos and the clattering of formidable fists.

Boom-boom-klatt, he’s dancin’ and toe-tappin’.

He dances to the bellowing vibrato of their marital
Hip-Hopera. Clickety-clackin’ his toe-tappin’ feet to
syncopated hymns of beloved acrimony.

As if lightning he moves with the arpeggios of
metal capsules that ricochet off the alley way
Klatt-klatt-boom, his feet stomp to
the recession of chinking coins and the rustling
of C-notes.

1, 2, 1, 2-step, he shuffles to the
coda of the ghetto’s song.

Boom-boom-klatt, he’s dancin’ and toe-tappin’.
Boom-boom-klatt, he’s dancin’ and toe-tappin’.

Image credit:Andre Hunter

Michael B. Carroll Jr. is a poet, singer and songwriter from Philadelphia, PA. He has published creative work in The Esthetic Apostle Literary Magazine and Cathexis Northwest Press. His first chapbook "The Dichotomy Between Light and Dark" is available now at: (The Poetry Box Publishing, 2019, https://thepoetrybox.com/bookstore/dichotomy and Amazon.com). He's best friends with Joss Whedon and Ellen DeGeneres (in his head), and enjoys The Big Bang Theory, non-glutenous foods, and pretending he's a sommelier. Michael can be found via INSTAGRAM: @sirdukeofwagadu.