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Slow dance....the dance wont last

This is a poem is said to have been written by a teenager with cancer, a terminally ill young girl in a New York Hospital. Regardless of the original source, it speaks to me, a challenge of living the moment that we so often forget.

S L O W D A N C E:
by Davic L. Weatherford

Have you ever watched kids
on a merry-go-round?
Or listened to the rain
slapping on the ground?
Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?
You better slow down
Don’t dance so fast
Time is short
The music won’t last
Do you run through each day
On the fly
When you ask “How are you?”
Do you hear the reply?
When the day is done,
do you lie in your bed
With the next hundred chores
running through your head?
You’d better slow down
Don’t dance so fast
Time is short
The music won’t last
Ever told your child,
We’ll do it tomorrow?
And in your haste,
not see his sorrow?
Ever lost touch,
Let a good friendship die
‘Cause you never had time
To call and say “Hi”?
You’d better slow down
Don’t dance so fast
Time is short
The music won’t last
When you run so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry through your day,
It is like an unopened gift….Thrown away…
Life is not a race.
Do take it slower
Hear the music
Before the song is over.



Dando's picture

its an

inspiration poem, it really speaks to one's heart.

we are far too busy worrying about life and never notice what we are missing.

but this poem has reminded me about how short life is and how we ought to treasure it with those we love..

thanks for sharing

with love

Sharese's picture

What a beautiful poem!

Thank you so much for sharing this Sophie! It is a beautiful and inspirational poem. My father's partner was recently diagnosed with stage iv melanoma so I have been thinking a lot about life, death and cancer. I have been very down about it and thinking about what is this life all about? Connecting with inspirational women from around the world is what my life is about. This poem definitely articulates the beauty and the worth of life.

Again, thank you for the post!

In love,


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