tony howarth



Pas de Deux

by holding her sclerotic arms
her therapist steadies her
inches her forward
by walking backwards himself
he becomes her dancing partner

her quivering face is an extravagant grin
along the length of the room
never mind the burden of her body
every painful hard-won motion

queen of the prom
a silver-slipper waltz
a new beginning

Tony Howarth is a playwright, retired teacher, former journalist, living in Patterson, New York, currently harvesting the apples in his orchard. His work has been published in Chantarelle's Notebook and Chronogram.


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