I Dance

Forgive the dance –
it’s what I do –
step forward,
slide back,
shuffle, then
lose the rhythm
and start again.

Reaching forward
heart securely tucked,
something embedded –
cellular perhaps –
invites the struggle

and so, I dance –
yesterday, a warrior
today the fool
tomorrow only knows

roughly cut,
a gem
of an undefined hue
I will always try again.

(Poem first appeared on One Woman’s Quest II, entitled “Forgive The Dance”, October, 2019. 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.

28 thoughts on “I Dance”

  1. I am visiting family in FL and the internet connection is very slow. So I read the poem before seeing the lovely photo of the heron. I just love this poem, VJ. It reminds me of the oh so many dance rehearsals I participated in, but also so much of my growing up years (in which I am still participating!). Great analogy, and then I see the photo and it multiplied my love for this poem.

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