How to Live

A 3 minute quick write off a line from Charles Harper Webb (see title)

“stay strong and lean”

I forgot how to live as a dancer

the rigor of ballet and jazz

I forgot how to win a twist contest

with a sweet guy in eighth grade.

I forgot how to mark out the pillings

of a Scottish Country dance.

And I forgot the roll of a salsa rueda

Afro Cuban music and great calling.

For that matter, I forgot how to bounce

springing on my tippy-toes

As a toddler and well into elementary.

I forgot how.



One thought on “How to Live”

  1. Lovely, Laura.  Do you remember or have I even told you that I was a dance minor in college while studying theatre? I’ve studied classical ballet, tap, jazz, modern, folk, ballroom (the least), etc. No one would know by looking at me now, so I TOTALLY get the poem. Marie 🙂

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