I sip on my drink as the place fills with bodies and my body fills with spirits.
It gets hotter in here. I dressed for the occasion,
stepping out in heels as well as on a limb.
My body sways from side to side. As I feel my drink, I feel my hips.
I’m warm but comfortable.
A smile forms on my lips and a twinkle appears in my eyes.
Somehow my balance is easier.
I step forward from the wall where I was perched on to the middle of the dance floor.
My arms raise as I scoop my hips and pop my back.
I don’t know the song, but the song knows me.
My eyes make contact with those of the guitarist.
What is it with guitarists?
I don’t care. He sees me too, smiling with his eyes.
He knows this is why we came.
He sways with me, encouraging.
I slowly turn around, closing my eyes, feeling the rhythm.
It’s for me. I feel all the eyes on me.
It’s not what I came for, I just wanted to dance.
I love it.
Who is this mala mujer? Is she me?
My drinks get stronger and so do my thighs as I bend, and swing, and sway.
With every song that plays my vision gets blurrier but my confidence gets clearer.
Who is this bad woman anyway?
My company smiles with approval, I’m having a good time.
The drummer bangs and the lyricist rhymes.
The spotlights merge making colors no naked eye could see.
Somehow, here I am observing,
I’m aware of my inebriation without a care.
I swing my hips, running my fingers through my hair.
Coqueta, they call me, and I understand why.
Although my glances are meant for no one else’s eyes.
A man approaches from behind me.
I’m the sexiest girl here, he came to remind me.
Slowly, he rests his hands on my hips as he whispers
“you’re very good”
through his soft, full lips.
I say nothing and smile.
I bend a little lower and gyrate with style.
Reggae is the music, with Caribbean flare,
he leads a little two step adding Latino in there.
My thighs are burning and my brow sweats.
The men all buy me drinks, placing their bets.
I accept none and continue to whine,
I’m by myself and that’s how I plan on going home tonight.
The women stare too, watching me sway,
wishing they too, could feel this way.
I’m not here to insight envy or steal a glance
I’m here now, so watch me dance.