Buffalo Gal - Bob McAfee

won’t you come out tonight,
dance by the light of the moon
wear the red dress you made
on the old foot-treadle Singer machine
from a red cotton yard you brought
by wagon all the way from Kankakee

won’t you come out tonight swinging
those cello hips, pigtails flying,
you will be scandalous,
turkey trot and hesitation waltz,
fiddler on a mission, banjo picker’s fingers
never leave his hands, guitar boy all astrum

won’t you come out tonight the barn spins
into midnight you rise above it all whirling
swirling hurricane, spirits high as bathtub gin,
ragtime dancing, doo-dah, doo-dah
lock arms and do-si-do
glimpses of your ankles and your knees

won’t you come out tonight bring grandma
and the children, everybody washed in the old tub
whether they need it or not,
papa wears his new Stetson and the store-bought shirt
eight women do the quadrille, swapping partners,
real men can’t be bothered

won’t you come out tonight looking to court and spark,
Tex, cleaned up pretty good, spent two bits
for a shave, a haircut and a hot bath
at the barbershop, handsome rooster,
does a buck and wing, one arm raised, one foot
in the air, followed by a heel-click of his shiny boots

won’t you come out tonight, kick up a soft shoe,
the chores will wait until tomorrow’s rise,
the crops are in and the fall has arrived,
come allemande left, promenade right,
two-step me out in the Coeur d’Alene night,
come dance by the light of the ragamuff moon.

Bob McAfee is a retired software consultant who lives with his wife near Boston. For several years he made an hour train commute to and from Boston and developed the habit of writing in that fixed time. He continues to try to write two hours every day. His style is eclectic, but his goal is producing poems with both fierceness and a reluctant sense of optimism.

Books available through Harvard Bookstore (Harvard.com).
Mysteries 2017
Enchantments 2018
Caprices 2019
Veils 2020

Natural Worlds poems illustrated with color photographs 2021 available through bookbaby.com.