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SLOW DANCE

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 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 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 better slow down.

Don't dance so fast,

Time is short.

The music wont last.

When you run so fast to get some where

You miss half the fun of getting there

When you worry and hurry through your day

It's like an unopened gift...

Thrown away.

Life is not a race

Do take it slower

Hear the music

Before the song is over.

 

this poem was written by a terminally ill young girl in a New York hospital