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Old 01-01-2009, 08:55 PM
 
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A poem was written by a terminally ill young girl in a
New York hospital .



SLOW DANCE



Have you ever watched kids
On a merry-go-round?
Or listened to the rain
Slapping on the ground?
Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?
You better slow down.


Don't dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won't last.

Do you run through each day On the fly?
When you ask How are you?
Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done
Do you lie in your bed?
With the next hundred chores
Running through your head?
You'd better slow down

Don't dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won't last.

Ever told your child,
We'll do it tomorrow?
And in your haste,
Not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch,
Let a good friendship die
Cause you never had time
To call and say,'Hi'
You'd better slow down.

Don't dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won't last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry through your day,
It is like an unopened gift....
Thrown away.

Life is not a race.
Do take it slower
Hear the music
Before the song is over.
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Old 01-02-2009, 06:58 AM
 
Location: MI
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Thanks, antredd...
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Old 01-02-2009, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Pikeville, Ky.
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Life is not a race.
Do take it slower
Hear the music
Before the song is over.


Wow...Talk about one of those moments
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Old 01-02-2009, 08:08 AM
 
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Life is not a race.
Do take it slower
Hear the music
Before the song is over.


Wow...Talk about one of those moments



Take gentle care.
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Old 01-02-2009, 09:45 AM
 
Location: NW Arkansas
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That is sooo poignant !
And such wonderful advice.
I wish I could memorize it and apply if where needed.
I am not in any rush, but I do block out so much that I need to dwell on....
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Old 01-02-2009, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Montrose, CA
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It's a hoax, originally from a chain email letter. Reference from www.breakthechain.org below:

"This one's been around in one form or another since 1997, creating an interesting snapshot of the life of a hoax. In its original form, it told the story of Jessica Mydeck, who supposedly had a terrible form of brain cancer. Since the letter claimed she only has 6 months to live, her name was probably removed from future texts to keep it from being identified as outdated (or as the hoax it is).
There seems to be some question regarding the authorship of the poem, which was added to the chain letter in early 2001. When I originally wrote this article in 2002, David L. Weatherford took credit for the poem and said it was published in 1991 by the Russ Berrie Company. In December 2008, I was contacted by Mr. Henry E. Busby, who challenged Weatherford's claim and insisted that he was the poem's real author and had it published in 2000 on Poetry.com. Weatherford has the poem posted on his personal Web site."

So while you may like it as a poem, it's not from a dying little girl.
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Old 01-02-2009, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Pikeville, Ky.
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The authorship is a hoax (I hate those chain emails)

But the poem itself speaks volumes of wisdom
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Old 01-02-2009, 10:03 AM
 
Location: where i belong
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Arrow "talk to someone!"

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Take gentle care.
Hospiz workers, upscale experts, volunteers for "new age" careers:

where does she come from?
who has she been, therefore?
where will she be going ... from here?

She?
Gee, it might have been YOU, all along!

I will make sure we can ... meet again .... *

Yes, June, I will take your gentle care.

And yes, blue, I might understand your caring on a different pathway.
But - we don't say Goodbye, do we?


YouTube - Where does my heart beat now - Celine Dion



* I have known you before the foundations of this Earth were laid ...
and
I will restore you to the place from which I evicted you ...
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Old 01-02-2009, 10:21 AM
 
Location: NW Arkansas
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Well...even if it was not a "dying girl" who wrote it, it is still very good and meaningful....
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Old 01-02-2009, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Montrose, CA
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Well...even if it was not a "dying girl" who wrote it, it is still very good and meaningful....
Not saying it isn't a nice poem. Just saying that five seconds of research can keep things straight. I thought it sounded like a sob-story chain email, so all I did was Google "slow down poem hoax" and bam...first item to come up was info on it. *shrug* Having a couple friends who are professional authors, I have an issue with works not being properly attributed.
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