Leslie Dianne – Two Poems – 4

Dancing Goodbye
by Leslie Dianne

was all I could do
to the soft inhale
of life 

The sheets smooth
walls moon white
the machines wheezing
the blood dripping constant

You are practicing 
letting go of time

The atmosphere is full 
of memory and there 
we are dancing together 

Yesterday and tomorrow
are drifting away 
leaving us in 
the rolling rhythms 
of now

And in the silence
that remains when you release 
your breath
I dance your goodbye

How to Live
by Leslie Dianne

This is how to live
dream and don’t shut your eyes
put your hands out in front of you
not to stop your fall
but to sharpen the dive 
and plummet
then spread your arms
let the sky 
support you
the concrete will shiver
and lose its place
and you will find yours
in flight
in the diving dream 
that should be done
every day of your life 

Leslie McGriff  (Leslie Dianne) is a poet, novelist, screenwriter, playwright and performer whose work has been acclaimed internationally in places such as the Harrogate Fringe Festival in Great Britain, The International Arts Festival in Tuscany, Italy and at La Mama, ETC in New York City. Her stage plays have been produced in NYC at The American Theater of Actors, The Raw Space, The Puerto Rican Traveling Theater and The Lamb’s Theater.  Her poems have appeared or currently appear in The Pangolin Review, Soft Cartel, Esthetic Apostle, PopShot, Ink and Voices, S/tick, Rue Scribe and Furtive Dalliance and are forthcoming in  RAW Journal of Arts and Vita Brevis.