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Three count waltz

I live today to a three count waltz

slower rhythm than the pulsing free form

of youth or the shim sham tap of middle age


Death’s soft     one



step is an easy count

a muted movement through days of astonishing solitude

pouring sensuous circles on the dance floor of my aging


On occasion I am joined by swirling companions

silently counting steps of recalled melodies

held in the sweet textured folded fabric of our pasts


Even for those who can no longer dance

there, under skin and bone, exotic rhythms still beat

where they hear the   one



count of lives passing


reminding us


we are


Copyright © Sharon Lopez Mooney, “Three count waltz”, originally published in Numinous Magazine, ed. Stephanie & Edd, Philadelphia, PA, September 2023 -

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