Dancing For Beginners
(Living For Beginners)

Aiswarya Garlapati

One - Set your heart free.
It will flutter;
You don't need to teach it.
It already knows.
It always has.
Two - Splay your hands.
Let 'em do whatever they want to.
It doesn't have to make any sense;
The best of things usually don't.
Three - Waltz.
You may not understand the rhythm
The first time around.
But, don't stop.
Don't stop.
Four - Hold your chin up.
You probably think that's a stupid instruction
But someday, you'll see why.
Hold your chin up,
And flash them a dazzling smile.
Five - Dance.
Dance (Laugh)
Dance (Laugh)
Dance (Laugh)

Aiswarya Garlapati believes in looking at the world through the rose-tinted glasses of poetry and romanticizing life, balconies, grief, and love. She is the founder of a weekly poetry newsletter Fresh Off The Grill. Through this newsletter, she aims to create a community of like-minded people and ardent readers who can share a space to discuss existence, poetry, and emotions. She has also been a facilitator at several poetry workshops and enjoys teaching the craft. Most of her poetry revolves around the themes of family, what it means to be a woman, endurance, love and empathy.