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By Gwen Safranski

One two, this dance we do
My arms around your waist
Your hand on my shoulder
One two, one two
Bend, lift, this we do
From bedroom to bathroom
Wheelchair to toilet
We rise, turn
Sink gently down
Here, between chrome fixtures and porcelain bowls
We shift, pause – awkward ballet
You balanced on one foot
My knees bent to swing you round
We shuffle, turn
Sink gently down
You keep time
Counting moments, counting steps
Laughing when I count along
Still your child
One, two, this dance we do
Mother and daughter joined by motion
Joined in love stretching beyond
My birth…your grave
One two, one two





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