turning pointsPosted: February 29, 2012
The alarm is silent, waiting silently like a pitiless thief who would steal my rest from me, but I am already awake. Alone in this large house, I move softly in the moonlight that seeps in above my curtains. As silly as it seems, I realize that my quiet steps are just echoing the natural rhythm of the world, gentle and at peace.
Naked, I step on the scale. It warrants a wry smile, no getting fat when even chocolate tastes like metallic mud.
I step into the shower, and pull the curtain closed and let the warm water cascade down my body, each drop a tiny micro switch activating my nerves and bringing me awake and alive.
My mind wanders, and I am back in time at the Front Row Theatre in Cleveland with its rotating stage. Harry Chapin is singing Taxi. That theatre is long gone, and it is so long ago I don’t recall my date, it could have been P_ or D_. The melody teases me and moves through my mind from lobe to lobe like a serpent as the water runs over my contours and off me in rivulets. It builds and has to erupt, loud and strong:
Oh, I’ve got something inside me,
To drive a princess blind.
There’s a wild man, wizard,
He’s hiding in me, illuminating my mind.
I sing it again and again, and then with my own words until it feels as if it must shake the house. It plays out like a fish bowing to the irresistible power of rod and reel, the water trickles to a stop and I step out humming and reach for the towel.