BEFORE  THE  DANCE  IS  OVER *

 



Have you ever paused
to watch your children at play
with their sticks and running hoops?



Or simply stopped to listen to
the rain
a-slappin'  on the ground?



Ever followed a
butterfly's erratic flight?



Or gazed at the sun into the fading
night?



You'd best slow down



And don't dance so fast.



For time is short



And the music won't last.



Do you run through each day
on the fly?


And when you ask, 'How are you?'


Do you even hear their reply?



When day is done



Do you lie in your night-shirt
with the next hundred chores
just a-runnin'  through your head?



You'd best slow down



And don't dance so fast.



For time is short



And the music won't last.



Ever told a child,



'We'll do it tomorrow?'



And in your haste,
not to see his sorrow?



Ever lost touch,
let a good friendship lie--- 'Cause you never have the time'



To go even a-callin'  just to say,'Howdy, friend!'



You'd best slow down



And don't dance so fast.



For time is short



And the music won't last.



When you run so fast to get somewheres



Remember,
'half the fun is of getting there.'



And when you worry and hurry
throughout your day,



It's like an unopened gift...
just thrown away.



Life is not a race.


So take it slower



And hear the music



Before The Dance Is Over.




...Bruce**********
 
A 74-year-old, wanna-be writer 'writing some music of a different sort'  into his story,  "Raisins and Almonds---A Civil War Story"

* Adapted from a poem---"SLOW DANCE" ---by child psychologist, David Weatherford--- a poem which has since been turned into a song by the same name.  The song itself doesn't offer very much, but Weatherford's lyrics are priceless.  I've changed a few things here...like 'your kids' into 'your children' and 'their merry-go-rounds' into 'their sticks and running hoops' to make the poem more a-tuned to the times of the Civil War.  Permission from David Weatherford is pending, as long as 'credit due is credit given.'