she was drying out
and needed to get clean
i just held her hand
as she wept
holding her hair back
while she threw up
nearly 20 years
of the most hideous
and sobering regrets
and, like natural childbirth,
there is not much you can do
but be there
while she learns how
to nurture a new life beyond it
and remind her
even if you’re walking broken
you can learn how to dance again
Copyright © 2013 Jennifer Wagner
For Laurie's prompt at Poetry Jam: Poetry of Dance. And for Poets United: The Poetry Pantry.
Oh, Jennifer, so true....a person can learn to dance again to a different beat in a new way. What a moving poem you shared here in Poetry Jam. Thank you.
True and inspiring..you can , she can!
I was grabbed by the title and was grabbed even tighter as I read your poem. Very well done. Rings so true.
Bottoms can seem horrible, but they really are the only thing that will bring about change... and dancing will be better than ever.
You can, it's true. I did.
yes, you can....really nice...and so glad that you were there for her...in that moment...it is such a hard moment when you hit that point....but i am glad, so that she can start learning again...
there you do it again,such a different take on prompt..
Very sad and so true all you can do is be there when someone has to learn to dance again.
well done....thanks for sharing this
And but for the grace of God...
A very tight embracing piece. Enjoyed.
Sweet! And through all these hardships she has a friend to look upon so she can stay sane. Lovely words and thought!
even if you’re walking broken,you can learn how to dance again...Thanks for sharing this poem..i liked it alot. GOD<3U
...those last two lines apply to many of us so many ways. Stunning!
Powerful, compassionate, well done.
so fantastically true and yet those who need to hear it often don't believe it
Very powerful. There is always hope.
Excellently deep portrayal with hope at the end.
I like the last two lines here - there is always hope, indeed. Especially if one has someone to simply stand beside them.
Wow! Those last 2 lines should be etched in stone! What an image! "Even if you are walking broken you can learn to dance again." bravo!
Visiting once more from Poetry Pantry. Truly, a stunning poem, Jennifer. Being there for a person is the best thing you could possibly do for them! This poem (and these thoughts) is a kepper.
This is truly a magnificent poem! The last line, so full of promise, so true,
we can "learn how to dance again."
deeply moving experience of solidarity and the spirit of resilience
Jennifer, this is a FANTASTICALLY moving poem, which tells such a sad story - so compassionate the closing lines. Spectacularly good, Jennifer. Truly moving.
You never cease to amaze me, Poet! Giving hand to someone in need talks about compassion and solidarity. Beautiful...
Wow... I love the last line, the whole measure of the poem... yes, you can always learn to dance again. And what a beautiful portrait of loving support. Beautiful!
A poem filled with hope and optimism.
So much truth, empathy and wisdom in this Jennifer--beautiful write
This was so touching! Wow, I love how you ended it...hope is something we can never have enough of :D
Your closing lines are very touching and very very true.
A powerful piece with humanity and at the middle
Wow, not much to say in the face of this - you've said it all.
Beautiffuly written. And you're right, there's not much you can do but be there...
Honestly spoken words I must say... enjoyed reading it :)
You touch me deeply with this piece about addiction and recovery and the work it takes to live sober and learn again to dance. Brilliant, this, Jennifer. Brilliant.
I like that this ends with hope despite the painful process.
We all wish life could be a dance, thanks for letting me know that hope exists! Beautiful.
... possibly the most important dance partner there is ... the one who will hold back the hair and listen and support ... a very touching write!
"you can learn how to dance again" is a positive note to finish this poem on. In spite of the pain that comes before, you offer hope and for all of us, that's worth hanging onto. Thanks for the reminder :)
positively stunning! the opening seemed so simple, I was caught quite off guard by the weeping.
learning to dance again can be hard, but with the right support — of someone who cares — everything is possible.
The narrator's support is incredibly moving.
Even if there is no dancing by the end, the bond or lattice--however one puts it--is hugely triumphant.
I am learning to dance too though my legs r giving up now ....Nyc one Jennifer :)
Really lovely, learning to dance again. We all need to dance and set our souls free to express the beauty from within. Lovely poem
Broken to smithereens
The dance may happen long after- or even we see it in hindsight- but it is possible! thanks.
As a 26 year sober person who struggles with temptation even day, I appreciate the hopefulness. Thanks Mosk
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