Slow Dance

A poem sent to me via email that was written by a little girl who had 6 months to live due to cancer. There is a valuable lesson to be learned through these touching words. I know it hit home for me. 


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.

Amanda Hansen

Amanda B Hansen is a writer & poet who currently resides in Omaha, NE. 
She is a recent graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She holds a Bachelor's in General Studies. Her certifications include English, Music, & Creative Writing. 

Amanda currently splits her time being a full-time Customer Service Adviser at her local Walgreen's, and being an Editor/Social Media/Writing Contributor for Fine Lines Journal in Omaha.