Na Po Wri Mo – April 5 2023

Day five invites us to write a poem that ‘illuminates the juxtaposition between grief and joy, sorrow and reprieve.’

My poem came from a memory.

Keep Dancing

There was a moment when my mother

was stuck in her chair with cancer 

creeping up her spine.

She said to me:

‘I’m not going to get any better.’

‘I’m learning to dance,’ I said. ‘The waltz.’

‘Show me,’ she said.

And I did. 

Opening my arms to an imaginary partner,

I stepped around the room.

One, two, three, one, two, three …

She said to me:

‘Let me show you how.’

There was a miraculous moment 

when my mother rose from her chair  

and pulled me to her breast.

‘Follow me,’ she said.

And I did.

We danced and danced, laughed and laughed.

Tears of joy streamed down my face. 

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