Choreography of Hidden Parts II

On a capoeira mural by Os Gemeos on 22nd near Mission, in San Francisco, California

Black anisette tea,
ladainha, a drum,
and one roda.

Maniseros
roll and turn
on one another

performing
difficult turns
with a long pole.

Point and beauty
of capoeira is slow
dialogue. Dark water,

queda de quatro,
relogio or clock, meia
lua de compasso,

tesoura or scissors.
Capoeira isn’t a true dance,
says the mestre,

it’s a tender fight.
Men and women spar,
iron prose turns the body,

queixada, sculpture is
silence is martial stillness
is a meia-lua-de-frente mural.

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