Joyce Sutphen – Tango for Ellie

Joyce Sutphen (August 10, 1949 -)

The music begins—
string bass and drums,
then saxophone
and a piano.
The steps go like this:
slow, slow, quick-quick, slow.
For now, your partner
is the moon, and
just for this night your hair
is black and full of stars.
The melody is steady as
rain, sweet as birdsong—a
a little something
you will carry in your ear
when you leave us
for Argentina.