The room is low lit and hums with a dozen conversations.
Sitting amidst the noisy chatter of friends, she is the quiet one. Watching and listening, she takes it all in.
The opening notes of a song begin to play and her eyes light up.
It’s her song.
She jumps to her feet and heads to the dance floor, oblivious to others.
This girl, alone on the dance floor, loses herself in the music. She’s in her own world.
Her long skirt brushes her calves as her hips sway. As she closes her eyes her head falls back. With her arms extended above her, curved gracefully, she becomes the song.
She is a pale skinned girl with short dark hair, a long errant strand curling along her bare neck. Her slender body moves with feeling, the lyrics resonating deeply within her.
She has no idea of the picture she paints to those who watch. The vision presented to someone like you.
Watching from a table in the back.
Watching as she dances alone.
Feeling every note of music in every part of her.
You watch her, transfixed, a smile touching your lips.
You see the creature beneath the modest clothes and the young, innocent face.
You see me.
The me that I do not know.
The me that you will know.
As I lose myself in that moment.
As I lose myself in the music.
As I lose myself
in being me.
‘How Soon Is Now?’ written and performed © The Smiths
Words on this blog post ©SirenSong1208
Photograph is of the French actress Audrey Tautou. For several reasons she, and this picture, perfectly illustrated this post. The photo was taken by Ralph Wenig in 2013.