The poetic city: “Diminution 9/20/14”

Helen dipping with style. (Photo by: Richard Eager)

A Suite For Miss Helen: Diminution     9/20/14 

Everything has to be exaggerated now

For Helen to know what to do 

When the music plays.


The more her responses dim 

The harder we work, Don and I,

To get her back into the flow

So essential to her being.


When we carry the beat

She stays with us 

But no longer pushes for more


What’s left in abundance 

Is the electricity of her smile  

And the hitch of laughter 

That always seems to follow 

When Don and I make clear 

How we respond to the music

In ways she once led us.


© Reece Burka 2/1/2019



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