The poetic city: “Reassurance”

Reece Burka and Miss Helen enjoying a hug and a dance, because you’re Fred Astaire to someone in your life. (Photo by: Richard Eager)

I wonder if Fred Astaire
liked the way he looked 
when he saw himself 
dancing in the movies. 
Was he filled with 
the appreciation and delight
that the rest of us feel 
when we witness what 
he was able to do… 
Or did he focus on what 
he could have done better?
Martha Graham is purported
to have said to Agnes de Mille 
that no artist is ever satisfied 
with their work. 
Was that the case with 
Fred Astaire?
I am no Fred Astaire 
or Martha Graham… 
But I can’t help thinking 
she got it right and we’re 
all in the same boat after all.

Reece Burka 



You must login to post a comment. Need a ViaNolaVie account? Click here to signup.