December 6, 2022
Rigid though I stand, composed as is my face,
my eyes betray the choreography—
the frolicking, the rollicking
of an eclectic but select discography.
Between two earbuds hang the VIP room’s velvet rope
of an after-hours club, no fixed address.
On sidewalks and on subways,
in food courts and in hallways,
I’m insulated by the perfect playlist
Like a visitor and prisoners divided by some plexiglass,
the soundscape means I don’t hear what they’re saying.
While couples bitch and bicker,
and passersby push past and litter,
my inner lighter’s lit, and I keep swaying.
Shane Schick just wants to dance, whether it's on the floor or on the page. His recent playlists have included a remix of "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" by Sylvester with Michael Gray, "Amor Fati" by Washed Out, "Uz Eyez" by Peking Duk & Al Wright, and “Castles” by Freya Ridings. He gets into the groove with his wife and three children in Whitby, Ont. More: ShaneSchick.com/poetry. Twitter: @ShaneSchick