My Little Dance-Machine

by Dee Newman

Advice comes even when it isn’t sought.
I once read on a Chinese fortune cookie,
“We are all fools whether we dance or not,
So we might as well get down and boogie.”
It was the highly witty and clever
Samuel Clemens who said, “Work like you do
Not need the money; Love like you've never
Been hurt; Dance like nobody’s watching you.”
Yet, in the intricacies of the dance
We call love, nothing matters as much
As maintaining our sense of balance
While responding to our partner’s touch.
         Sweetie, I know, you know what I mean
         'Cause you are my little dance-machine.

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