Inspired by a quick Good Morning America story in a Poetry in Places exercise I participated in with my creative writing students.
If they super-cut the years of
Dancing with the Stars and put all
the judgements together—all the
praise and critiques side-by-side—
how many times would the same words appear?
But sometimes all we have are the
same words again and again.
Do we hold these words hostage,
saving them for a perfect time
that may never come?
Or should we judge dancing—repeat
our sentiments to new faces,
each time admitting our limits
by praising their infinity?
“Your footwork is marvelous!”
“Your energy is infectious!”
“You light up the room!”
“I love you.”