Sunday, October 1, 2023

"Frankie's Dance"

 The poem I'm sharing with you this week was written several years ago and is in memory of a man who was a member of my congregation. His name is Frank Schiavo Jr. He was born with cerebral palsy and confined to a wheelchair. Frank yearned to be free. A health care worker shared the Gospel and love of Jesus with him. Frank received the Lord into his heart, was born again, and received a wonderful freedom he had never known before. This poem was originally published in "Sensations" magazine. A framed copy hung over his bed. When he went to be with the Lord in 1998, his mother told me that Frankie loved this poem. "Frankie's Dance" is being featured at Beth Israel Worship Center, Wayne, NJ, during the month of October.


In memory of Frank Schiavo, Jr.


In a circle

in the corner

of the sanctuary

the dancers

lifted arms and faces,

bowed reverently, rose,

offering gifts of praise to God.

Tintinnabulating timbrels

and tambourines,

their satin ribbons streaming,

swirled with shirts and skirts,

a kaleidoscopic rainbow.

Ineffable ecstasy

shone in countenances,

sparkled in dark, dancing eyes.


Parked at a row end

in the congregation,

Frankie sat

strapped securely

in his wheelchair,


his spirit whirling

in the dance.

Joy softened his face

into enthralled expressions

as praise

flowed fluently

from upturned lips.



perceiving the desire

written in his radiance,

a young man whisked

Frankie’s wheelchair

into the dance.

Circling, circling,

spinning, spinning,

wheeling worshipfully,

spiritually spiraling

upward, Heavenward,

an Elijah in a chariot

driven by horses,

their manes ablaze,

Frankie danced

his holy dance

before the Ever-Living God.


Maude Carolan

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