OctPoWriMo2021 Day 13: West Side Story

Today’s prompt is theater.

Photo of the 2007 Portland Center Stage Production of West Side Story, “America.”

West Side Story  somewhere in the wings 
my son awaits his cue
his heartbeat audible to himself
out of sync with
the latin music
the band plays
when he signed up for
the high school musical
he looked forward to acting
not knowing he'd be expected to dance
his partner's full skirt rustles
as she wonders
will he lift me
will he drop me
or will fear so paralyze him
that I never leave the floor
the moment comes
adrenalin kicks in
he twirls the girl
and raises her to new heights
amazing even himself
after the show
his former middle school drama coaches
congratulate him on his performance
and he bursts into tears

©ARHuelsenbeck

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

Originally published at http://arhtisticlicense.com on October 14, 2021.

Former elementary general music teacher. Wife, and mother of five. Blogging about the arts and the creative process at https://ARHtisticLicense.com.

Former elementary general music teacher. Wife, and mother of five. Blogging about the arts and the creative process at https://ARHtisticLicense.com.