I learn this dance from you -- to touch the floor with ears,
To sing with toes and listen with my hands,
To be afraid to fall and interrupt the rhythm
Of following your dancing eyes and legs.
I learn to step towards you when you move away,
Afraid to break the melody of words,
To lose the silent link between the dancing days,
The echo of my voice within your voice.
I learn to step away when you are moving close,
Afraid to take your space of moving on --
Of following through days my speaking hands and toes,
When from your dance with me, to dance I learn.