She Sings!

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Back in the days before Covid-19, I went to a nearby nursing care facility to read my stories and play my guitar and sing. They enjoyed Folk songs from the sixties and gospel songs. One of the residents who came was a stroke victim. She had a difficult time speaking, but when we sang, she sang right along with us. It was a very moving experience to see this happening. This poem is for her.

She sings

though she cannot speak.

Halting words


“Hel-l l lo.”

But, as the music plays…

Oh, can she sing

Every word plain and clear

smooth as jazz.

She sings


a smile

spreading across her face.

The words pour out


her soul

with rhythm…

and yes

with spoken words

clear and unchained.

For the stroke

did not

affect that part of her brain.


Photo: Dwight L. Roth


55 thoughts on “She Sings!

  1. I’ve had the privilege of experiencing that, {{{Dwight}}} – and though we wear masks and socially distance, every Tuesday at 6:pm I still can go to our nursing home, lead some residents who choose to come in a Bible Study, and sing favorite hymns. I accompany on my littlest accordion! I hope you will be allowed to resume your gift to your friends soon.

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