Jump Up Children

by Judith Meyerowitz

Twirled rope
coiled round black hands
Spin a crisscross story in
magical bands

Jump into the half-moon circle
Hip Hop between invisible lines
A blur of quick hands
Now u see it. Now u don’t.
Jump up heaven bound
Return before sound
Taps the ground

the chain gang
Carries you up
Carries you up

Jump up children
Trouble the waters
May jubilee voices
and African rhymes
Set you free
from imposed ties

Judith Meyerowitz has published both poetry and prose in Voices. She began to write poetry after participating in LP2 groups.