Louise Marie DelSanto


Dancing In Las Vegas - Poem by Louise Marie DelSanto

One day my sister appears
at an Art fair
near the Scituate farmland

When I see her she is sitting
in a wheelchair,
her body wrapped in a shawl.

Swollen knees with brown
leather braces. She
whispers, I cant dance now.

She shows me an old picture
of the two of us, we were
standing near Santa Claus
downtown in the fifties.

'When the Winter comes,
I think of you
and your birthday in December, '
my sister began.

She told me she had
been meaning to call me.
Her dog died. Her daughter
moved out.

You look the same, she
tells me, that same round face
and doll hair. She laughs.

You should have seen me
dancing in Vegas, she brags,
The ballroom light dashing
against the wall, the music
blasting me deaf.

My sister reaches down
to rub her knees
Age is cruel, she says
Bones were never meant to last.


Comments about Dancing In Las Vegas by Louise Marie DelSanto

  • (2/11/2007 10:44:00 PM)


    the good empathy in poetry makes a differ in write

    She shows me an old picture
    of the two of us, we were
    standing near Santa Claus
    downtown in the fifties.

    'When the Winter comes,
    I think of you
    and your birthday in December, '
    my sister began.
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  • (11/12/2005 5:47:00 AM)


    at the risk of sounding boring, liked this (Report) Reply

  • (11/11/2005 6:50:00 AM)


    A wonderful and powerful piece! (Report) Reply

  • Cj Heck (11/10/2005 9:15:00 PM)


    Very poignant and real. Nice work, Louise.
    Warmest regards,
    CJ
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  • (11/10/2005 7:30:00 PM)


    What a fantastic and moving poem. Short lines and relatively unadorned language accentuate the emotional impact of the subject matter. (Report) Reply

  • (11/10/2005 6:48:00 PM)


    a poem dwelling
    at the edge of sadness
    but not quite so
    a sister's love
    how precious
    what a blessing
    and this is a fine poem
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, November 10, 2005

Poem Edited: Thursday, November 10, 2005


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