Education: Poems by Patients

I Never Told Anybody

I'm sitting here and wondering

How many are going to ask me to dance tonight

I wonder should I dance

Because maybe they won't laugh at me

And I could have fun

The steps don't seem to have changed too much

I could still wiggle my feet, I guess

Maybe someone will notice me keeping time with my feet

And will take the hint that I would like to dance,

—Margaret Whittaker, age 50


Swinging down the avenue

Dancing, curving

With all them cats looking at me

Hollering "Do it, Miss Mary, do it!"

Curving with all of them cats on my...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!