Dear Legs

I’ve been remiss
in expressing appreciation
all the years you’ve carried me –
stride confident, pace swift,
head turning grace –

We wobble now, you and I,
strength questionable
stilted soldiers forging against
a tide of contrary currents

Remember endless laps in the pool
prepping for provincial meets,
then dancing till the wee hours
getting down with disco?

We were champions, you and I
beauties taking on the world
leap-frogging in a race against
a undefinable foe, determined
that destiny held no limitation

I may not have expressed it
but each step is precious to me
and every time you hold me
upright, my gratitude’s sincere

There’s life yet to discover
and dreams still burn
Can you hear the drumming
will you join me in the dance?

(Dear Legs first appeared here in October 2017. I submit this edited version for Eugi’s Weekly prompt: champion. Image my own.)


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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

30 thoughts on “Dear Legs”

  1. I love this, V.J. You expressed what I so often feel about my dancing, hiking, mowing, mopping, skating, jumping, climbing legs. I will send them my gratitude as well, for all those years. And not regret my osteoarthritis for carrying me all those where and how I wanted to go. This poem touched me. And I love the mandala.

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  2. A beautiful tribute to what can be so easily taken for granted.
    I am a dancer and because of an accident that almost took that away several years ago, I live, dance, and step in gratitude. 💖

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      1. So true – no fear as youngsters!
        That is a nice association. 😃
        I was out of commission for several months, but yes, I am so fortunate. It could have been much worse and life altering. Thank you. 🙏

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  3. I’ve danced since I could walk and it’s paid off, thus far. I still dance while doing chores to keep my legs strong and because I love music. We can only try to do our best with what we have. Stay strong and thank you for joining in. What a beautiful image, VJ!

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