First Dance | Literary Arts | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

Billy danced this morning
his very first time. He gripped
his fingers through the mesh
in the playpen, pulled himself
up onto his feet

With eyes clinched closed,

his head arched back, he
shook his diapered rear

He burst forth in squeal

as he bounced up and down
to a James Brown song on the radio

-- Shirley Snodey

Shirley Snodey is a writer of poetry, fiction and song lyrics. A former student at CCAC, she is currently a homemaker and lives in East Liberty. Many writers featured in Chapter & Verse are guests of Prosody, produced by Jan Beatty and Ellen Wadey. Prosody airs every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. on WYEP 91.3 FM.

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