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Life's Dance

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By: Wayne Brown

(Writer’s Note: Teaches12345 recently wrote a piece,Reaching Out To The Homeless In Your Communitywhich inspired me to write this verse. For all of us, there is someone in life who “brings us to the dance” that we need to remember as we reach out to others. ~WB)


Could this life be any better; so full and so very rich?

You’ve risen to the pinnacle; found your little niche’

But don’t ignore who held the door for your chance

Don’t forget the one who brought you to the dance


Days have their pleasures; the finer things of life

No more cutting corners; no slicing of that knife

You have turned the corner and made your stance

Now don’t forget the one who brought you to the dance


Luck finds some of us; others think of it as sheer fate

Coming to some early in life yet to others arriving late

Oh those visions which leaves us in such a life trance

Makes it easy to forget those who brought you to the dance


Maybe it was just your genius; the little people surely know

How your world spiraled upward as your success began to flow

Things came together, money, fame, success, and romance

But where are the ones who brought you to this dance?


Doors open and close in life; our timing is of the essence

One cannot achieve success if chance misses their presence

But when the lot is counted on the back of happenstance

Did you stop to thank the ones who brought you to the dance?


Things can disappear before your eyes; go right up in smoke

What once was your pride is now just a simple joke

And if you find yourself there by your rolls of chance,

On your way out, wave to those who brought you to the dance.


©Copyright WBrown2013. All Rights Reserved.

25 February 2013.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Such an important message in your poem. Always remember those that helped and taught or perhaps guided you along the way to where you are today.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Excellent message and amazing poem. My eyes were opened way back around 2005, I believe it was, to the homeless right around the building in which I work downtown. While serving the homeless, my mind was always so thankful for all that I do have, i.e., a nice warm bed in which to sleep each night and food each day. I really saw the face of Jesus while serving the homeless. They are human beings and not garbage. I have written a poem and a hub on my experiences. I praise Him for opening my eyes, as we are all really just one paycheck away from being right there too. I must have missed teaches wonder hub, and so I shall go and find it . . .

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Annie Miller 4 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      Beautiful, Wayne. I am sharing this, as well.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Great poem and very good advice, Wayne. Never get so big for your britches that you forget who taught you how to put em on.

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      @Just Ask Susan...Like as we dance with the ones that brung, we'll do just fine. Thanks, Susan! ~WB

      @Faith Reaper...Sounds as if you gained much inspiration from your experience...that's wonderful and very rewarding. Thanks much! ~WB

      Annie Miller...Glad you liked it, Annie. Thanks for sharing! ~WB

      @wayne barrett...Humility never killed any of us but it sure won us a bunch of good friends and that is what life is about. Thanks, Wayne! ~WB

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      So I ask: What purpose the homeless have? Then I see someone wrote of them: And then this lovely piece was delivered in their honor and respect.

      So now I know the circle of life is but a dance. So maybe one homeless inspired 1,000 people through WB. This is good and worthy.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Well constructed thought. Thank you. There was once a homeless person who clanged my luck. I have learned many thing from homeless who came into my life.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      hi wayne,

      really nice flow of words and really great way to put a message

      behind the poem. i feel that you should always remain humble

      and to give back to those that have helped you. really great once again.

      voted up

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. You are so right never forget those who have helped you in some way in your life because they deserve the appreciation and thanks. Reminded me of an old Honeymooners episode where Jackie Gleason playing Ralph says a very memorable line - always be kind to the people you meet on the way up because you will meet them again on the way down. Passing this on.

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      @Ericdierker....What a great way to put it in perspective that you offer. If one person benefits, then the only costs was inspiration on our parts...sounds worth it! Thanks much! ~WB

      @Mhatter99....Thank you, I appreciate the good words! ~WB

      @torrilynn....I think that at some point most of us have the chance to give back and to encourage others. When I have had those experiences, they have been most rewarding in terms of the true feeling of accomplishing something. Glad you liked it. Thanks much! ~WB

      @Gypsy Rose Lee...Sadly there are some who hide behind the veil of need and take what others really should have. I guess it takes all kinds of people to make a world but whatever happen to pride and self-respect? As Gleason would have said, "let's give 'em one right in the kisser, Norton!" Thanks much!~WB

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful poem Wayne and thanks for sharing.

      Eddy.

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      @Eiddwen....Thank you! ~WB

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      Wayne Joel Bushong 4 years ago from America

      nice job wayne! easy reading and pleasant to the eyes, not to mention the lesson in there! voted up!

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      @Patriot Quest....Glad you liked it! Thanks much! ~WB

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      A perfect poem, Wayne, with an important message we may often need to remember: 'don't forget the ones who brought you to the dance.'

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Wayne, what an outstanding piece of work. It IS an important message and I thank you for the gentle reminder. Voted up and awesome and sharing too.

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      @drbj...Thanks much, Doc! We certainly do! ~WB

      @lrc7815...Thank you, Linda!

      @Darrylmdavis...Thank you. Glad you liked it. ~WB

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      Vincent Moore 4 years ago

      I am blessed to have received a Mentor early in my life, he was my saviour, a father I never had. Little did I know that he would also be my Muse, his teachings have relinquished the words I've shared these past three years on these pages. You my friend have been an inspiration as well, for it was Rawlus that got us both inspired to take up the pen and try our hand at poetry. The rest is history my talented friend, I am pleased that I had the chance and now I dance from my soul. I will never forget how I arrived here.

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      @Vincent Moore...You have certainly lived to see that "dance" a few times and you are very conscious of who brought you. You have expressed that in your writing again and again. Among those here who have earned the right to dance, you stand proud, Ken. Thanks so much! ~WB

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Wayne... great adice to heed. One should never overlook the needs of others. I have always said it is something that can easily happen to any of us. What do we have in life without love, compassion and caring from each other...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      @Rolly A Chabot....As the only line goes...all we really have is each other. There is a lot of truth to that. Sadly we live in a world where far too many are willing to use that to their own advantage and agenda. We need a bit more "trust but verify" in our life before we dive in head first. Life is a dance, we just have to be careful of the steps! LOL! Thanks much, Rolly. ~WB

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      Well done, a message that should be shared. Jamie

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      @jhamann....Thank you! I appreciate the good words. ~WB

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