Doing the Tango

 /   /  By Emma Birches
Stone Soup Magazine
May/June 2003

By John Roberts

In my house, we celebrate everything.
Even the smallest things.
Good grades on a test.
Learning that we are going
On vacation.
Even a surprise present.
The reward is
“doing the tango.”

The dogs want to join in
And scramble to find a toy
A bone, a partner to celebrate
The joyful dance.

Learning to do the tango
Was a hard job in itself.
When I was young,
The turn and the switch
Of hands
Was the most challenging.

Now it comes naturally
The greatest part of all
Is seeing the joy
On my mother’s face
When she knows
There is good news,
Meaning
We get to dance the tango.

Doing the Tango john roberts

John Roberts, 13
Windsor, California

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