Saturday, July 11, 2015

Finding the "Groove" Again

Internet Image, James B. Whiteside, hard edit

“One step forward, two steps back…
Two steps forward, one step back…”

You dance this strange, unconventional dance
trying to find your balance once more
No pirouettes, no jetés
only petite adagios and tour lents instead;
  —pivoting cautiously—
as pain surveys silently stage-left
anxious to claim the spotlight again.

Eyes forward, back straight
slow and steady—
     stand…hold… rest
     stand…hold… rest
building strength
until each movement becomes rote;
…your accolades acrued in each forward measure.

©  Ginny Brannan

Internet Image, Darek Fidyka, hard edit

Dance terms:
Pirouettes: spins
Jetés: throw the leg, jump with a throw of the leg
Petite “adagios” small slow sustained movements
tour lents: to turn slowly on one leg


  1. Learning to dance again after laying off for a while is not easy. It is not like riding a horse, and just getting back on. Ha. Balance is hard to find, and sometimes taking it easy is the best - finding that.

    1. As always, writing from life. Husband is working on getting strength back after 3 months down from septic infection in his left leg. Keep telling him that just like the tortoise "Slow and steady wins the race!"

  2. All the best to you and Ray. You are both so brave.

  3. Reminds me of writing when I've been away. Great .


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