DEBORAH GERRISH is an award winning poet whose poems have appeared or are forthcoming inPaterson Literary Review, Lips, Ararat, Adanna Literary Journal, Exit 13, Journal of New Jersey Poets, The Stillwater Review, and various anthologies. Her latest collection of poems, The Language of Paisley was published in2012 and in 2008, her chapbook, The Language of Rain was published. In 2003 she received an Edward FryFellowship for scholarship for research work at Rutger’s University and received her Ed. D. in Literacy Education in 2004. She taught English for over thirty years in the NJ public schools and is VP of Programs for Women Who Write, Inc. She resides in central New Jersey where she teaches poetry writing.
My sister is always dancing my sister is always dancing when she visits she draws me in like the sea always smiling when she visits we twirl her in her blue organza party dress velvet ribbon streaming behind we do cartwheels
she throws off lace socks beneath flowing skirts her crinoline ruffles she does handstands headstands spins on tippy toes plie and arabesque takes leaping jumps whirls across the greenest grass her lips are moving
Amazing Grace How sweet the sound
Joyful Joyful We adore Thee
My sister is always dancing when she visits in my dreams.