letting down

she’s finally left
the home she knows

circle dance
holding hands

with smiling

and the man
she loves

the sun
is a circle

it is about that
they dance

yet not really

is the subject

even to herself

and all
about her

she is home
yet doesn’t know

/ / /

I knew immediately which dance/movie/character I wanted to write about when I saw the video at Poem Tryouts: Will You Dance? at Wordgathering. Thanks, Margo.

I won’t tell you which movie it’s from. But it is featured in the video. In one of those cases of synchronicity that cannot be ignored, I had watched this movie the day before with my wife and younger son. I had remembered a scene from the movie that moved me the first time I saw it; but it was this scene on a second viewing that had me tearing up.


2 thoughts on “letting down

  1. The atmosphere the poem creates is quite lovely, Richard. The two line stanzas suit. The poem pays to reread. It’s one of those where different things stand out on each reading.

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