Music and dance just seem to go together. No matter our age or ability, we want to move in certain ways to certain songs. As a music therapist I often make use of this in planning my sessions. So when I came across a poem this week entitled “Dance” I felt moved to share it with you.DANCE Written by a teenager terminally ill with cancer. “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.”
It is my hope you find time to listen and to dance this week to the music of your life and of your world.