The Rules of Flamenco

August 19, 2010
By , Natick, MA
Francesca was the girl
with the long brown hair
dark and rich like
mulch after a thunderstorm

boys told her she was pretty
but she didn’t hear
a word of their talk
she had heard it all before

decided she wanted to
run away at sixteen
she was ready for Life
without rules and ties

then she realized there
was no such thing

got locked up in jail
manslaughter or something

Mama wanted her back home
it had been eleven years
Francesca didn’t want to go
but she did anyway

At home she found
an old woman
she didn’t recognize
wrinkles everywhere

She met the old woman
They talked for awhile
Learned some things
They didn’t know before

The old woman was a dancer
Flamenco to be exact
Spinning and stomping
In deep red costumes

Dancing made her free
when she was young
and full of the same fiery spirit
that caused her to have a baby
At just nineteen

Francesca found out
she loved the old woman
she was the old woman
in some strange way

Now she was twenty seven
Much more beautiful
than she was at sixteen
though a little less pretty

She and the old woman decided
they were free as free could be
they spent all their money
on a one roomed space

Mirrors lined every wall
The floor was scarred
dented and scuffed
with the marks of dancing shoes

They hung a sign
“Alvarez’s Dance Studio”
in clean black block print
above the large glass windows

At first mostly young girls
from around came
trying to support
the crazy pair that taught

Then the young girls grew
into the fiery spirited youths
that needed flamenco
To stomp out their anger
but more of their fear

Francesca and the old woman
Taught these girls for years
The girls loved them
and couldn’t bear to go

So they didn’t
They grew into mothers
Flamenco dancing mothers
That bred flamenco dancing daughters

Francesca and the old woman
Loved the girls and women
they taught to have
power and grace

Francesca was proud of herself
and happy to follow the rules
of flamenco
it made her free

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Niftygrrl said...
Aug. 24, 2010 at 6:58 pm

I really like this! =]

Now i think i should learn to dance haha

KayEli said...
Aug. 24, 2010 at 1:06 pm
I really enjoyed this.  It was really blunt, but in a good way that worked and drew me into the story.
maggiebar1 said...
Aug. 23, 2010 at 7:56 pm
it was so strangely enchanting and magical and unique... you really got the whole mother daughter relationship through in just a few simple words, and i love how you said she was the old woman, because no matter how much we fear it or try to push it away, we do always have some small part of our mothers in it.... i loved the storyline and it was unlike anything i had read before, im tagging it as my fave
windryder replied...
Aug. 23, 2010 at 10:24 pm
thanks! i'm so glad you liked it.
thewriteidea This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 23, 2010 at 5:56 pm

wow, this is really great! i love the way you told a story about this girl, Francesca. It was well formatted. My favorite part was the ending stanza.

Check out some of my work, too if you'd like. Great job on this! Keep writing!(:

Thesilentraven This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 23, 2010 at 4:29 pm
I agree entirely. There's something strange about this poem that causes the reader to be captivated. It was an extremely interesting poem.
windryder replied...
Aug. 23, 2010 at 4:36 pm
thank you so much. its long so i worried that it wouldn't keep people interested.
iluvwriting This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 23, 2010 at 3:00 pm
though it lacks the rhythm of traditional poetry, i loved this...something about it was strangely entrancing
windryder replied...
Aug. 23, 2010 at 3:07 pm
thank you so much!
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