Two Tied Triolets - Zapateado to Flamenco - Evolution of a Dance

by Gay Reiser Cannon
(Port Aransas, TX)






ZAPATEADO


The ruffles and the fan drape memories
Dreamscapes lost in the navel of the moon
Tapping out spinning sunlit histories

The ruffles and the fan drape mysteries
Knighted horsemen's new world discoveries
Blood tied and heated red as cannas bloom

The ruffles and the fan drape melodies
Dreamscapes lost in the navel of the moon

*The name Mexico - means "navel of the moon" in the native languages of Mexico's Indians.

FLAMENCO

Then, Stomp and leave the Aztec masks on walls
When Spaniards tap lost heart-blood of their veins
Guitars strum Astilan while star fields fall

Then, Stomp and leave the Aztec masks on walls
Design Espagna woven into shawls
Children clap and chase trails of bordered trains

Then, Stomp and leave the Aztec masks on walls
While Spaniards tap lost heartbeats in their veins

* * * * * * * * * *

*The Flamenco evolved from the Mexican folk dance -
the Zapateado (sah-pay-tay–áh-do)
taken to Spain by early Spaniards where it became Flamenco.

* Astlan, to which I added the "i" for an extra syllable and I think it's
pronounced that way, is the Aztec work for 'paradise'.

© Gay Reiser Cannon - March 2012 - All Rights Reserved

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