Marisa’s advanced English class


Posted by marisadedios on May 9, 2008

A few days ago, I friend sent me an email that says there is a little girl who has six months to live. People are asked to forward the email about her to as many people as possible because the American Cancer Society will give 3 cents per email to support her treatment. It starts with a poem titled Slow Dance. Well I was almost taken in by the hoax. The poem has actually been taken from a psychologist’s website.

However, I like the poem and I think it is food for thought so I wanted to share it with you.

Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round,
or listened to rain slapping the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight,
or gazed at the sun fading into the night?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won’t last.

Do you run through each day on the fly,
when you ask “How are you?”, do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed,
with the next hundred chores running through your head?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won’t last.

Ever told your child, we’ll do it tomorrow,
and in your haste, not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch, let a friendship die,
’cause you never had time to call and say hi?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere,
you miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,
it’s like an unopened gift thrown away.

Life isn’t a race, so take it slower,
hear the music before your song is over.


In the BBC world service you can find more about The Hoax, a film which stars Richard Gere. The film is based on a true story – how, in 1971, a writer called Clifford Irving tried to get a fake autobiography of the superstar millionaire Howard Hughes published and make himself extremely rich in the process…

Film critic Nigel Andrews uses lots of informal expressions to talk about the setting of the film



8 Responses to “A HOAX BUT A NICE POEM”

  1. MARILO said

    Thank you very much Marisa for sending us this message. It´s beatiful.It will make me think about slowing down and worry about my family and friends.

  2. Santiago said

    A moving and beautiful poem really! I absolutely agree with it

  3. Verónica said

    Very good, it´s the first poem that I read in english and it has been striking.
    Thank you!!

  4. lolamadra said

    What a deep poem¡¡¡
    Especially, in our last race through the year, it’s a good advice to slow down. I also agree with the message.

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