this is how I say it

by Maria Francesca

horrendously off key;

jerking about
in rhythmic spasms;

flailing wildly
above our heads
with no real sense of purpose
or grace;

flying madly
in stringy, messy clouds;

all of this
obliterating the music
with giggles
and shrieks;

this is how -

because I know
the words don't really
sink in on their own -

this is how
I say
I love you.


Author's Note: for my teenager, who still belly laughs when we dance together.

Posted on 06/03/2007
Copyright © 2024 Maria Francesca

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Rhiannon Jones on 06/03/07 at 12:00 PM

The best way to say it is to show it. Thanks for the reminder...I like this!

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 06/03/07 at 02:55 PM

I really like how you share silly song and dance with your teenager. That time spent is so precious.

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