Poems

The Dance

No one seems to understand
The pain that follows me
And demands a dance each day
… It just won’t let me be

It follows me wherever I go
A shadow just behind
Always hovering close at hand
No safe place can I find

I want to run away from it
To once again be free
Escape the painful dance of grief
That’s now a part of me

I struggle with it day to day
And sometimes even win
But then it offers up its hand
And We must dance again

I will not let it conquer me
This dark and hungry foe
I must accept it’s part of me
That never may let go

One day I know I’ll take control
And I will lead the dance
I’ll find a way to live with grief
And firmly hold my stance

Kelly A. Polley

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