Dance Away the Day by Jeff Flesch

as a tear

escapes my eye,

I resist

even more,

not wanting

to face

the deluge

needing

to pour forth

gritting

my teeth,

searing pain

in my chest,

with a stomach

that won’t last

through

the infinitudes

of plentiful

feelings

bubbling up,

and brewing

straight to the top

so fast

no stopping

them now,

as

the trauma

that became our

very existence,

is exposed,

raw,

beholden,

and,

for so long

lived,

within

our reminiscence

of times

caged

premonition,

that

the dance

now displayed

gives way,

and,

what

pours forth

on a daily basis

is the balance of

a reservoir of tears

held onto,

just like

a vice grip, now

flayed

wide open,

as the tears,

continue

to give way,

playing now

to their

own tune,

as they

so gracefully

dance away the day

-JEFF FLESCH

Jeff grew up in Los Angeles, and now lives in Corvallis, Oregon, where he works in Educational Leadership. Jeff’s interests and passions include personal and professional development, developing new ways to increase access to higher education, and creating inspiration, transformation, and more equity throughout society. Visit Develop. Inspire. Transform. to read more of his thoughts and writing.

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29 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Jeff’s poetry is a beautiful elaboration of pain, hope, and acceptance. This particular piece is a depiction of hurt, turmoil, and the battles we must survive. Tears have never been so beautifully exhibited. They fall from the eyes but hearts must pay the price. Dancing away, they bring relief and cleanse the sorrow.
    Congratulations Jeff!

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  2. Jeff Flesch says:

    Dear Terveen, those are such kind words, thank you so much. I am honored to have this poem here, at MasticadoresIndia. A big thank you to you, and the entire MasticadoresIndia team, for your continued support.

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  3. Sadje says:

    What a fantastic deluge of emotions, very evocatively expressed.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Thank you so much, Sadje. That means the world to me.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Sadje says:

        You’re most welcome Jeff.

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  4. A deluge of pain that stays forever in the memory to become the hurts of a past remembered. Tears reflect the beautiful release of pent up emotions. How liberating after a trauma. Gorgeous poem, Jeff.

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    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      That is beautifully described, Shobana. Resonates with me and is at the heart of this poem. Thank you so much.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. You are welcome, Jeff. The poem resonates with me too, my friend.

        Liked by 1 person

  5. What a beautiful poem! You give dignity to tears and sorrow “as they so gracefully dance away the day”!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      How lucky I am to get to read this comment twice! Thank you so much, Dominic!!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. You’re most welcome Jeff!

        Liked by 1 person

  6. wow such a powerful, raw honest piece of emotions that give permission and acceptance as we move through our day Jeff!
    Beautifully expressed💖

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      That’s so kind and meaningful to me. Thank you so much, dear Cindy.💖

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Truly happy to hear that Jeff! When you’re happy, I’m happy.
        hugs my friend! 💖💖🌷

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  7. jonicaggiano says:

    What a beautiful piece Jeff. I agree with Cindy, a very raw and visceral piece. Beautifully written. Hugs and love Joni

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Thank you so much, dear Joni. I’m honored you and Cindy see this poem as so. Means so much to me. Love and hugs. xoxoxo

      Liked by 1 person

      1. jonicaggiano says:

        You are so welcome Jeff. Lovely writing. Love and hugs to you as well. ❤️❤️

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  8. Absolutely beautiful powerful honest poetry!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Thank you so much, Pragalbha. Your support is so meaningful to me, as is how you read and resonate with my poems. 💙

      Liked by 1 person

      1. You are very welcome 🙏🏼💛

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  9. Beautiful, Jeff! Congratulations!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Much appreciated, Dawn. Thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

  10. This dance took my breath away, Jeff. So beautiful and at time utterly heartbreaking. Congrats on the publication.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Oh wow, thank you so much, Diana. What a wonderful comment and compliment. Much appreciated, my friend.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Jermena says:

    Absolutely beautiful 👍🏿

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Jeff Flesch says:

      Thank you so much, Jermena. Means a lot to me, my friend. 😊

      Like

  12. sunisanthosh says:

    What an emotional poem. You amazing, ,Jeff . 💜

    Liked by 1 person

  13. I love this, Jeff! Raw and honest.

    Liked by 1 person

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