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This Dance the Joy of Existence


I love you, not for what you are,
but for what I am when I am with you.

~Roy Croft

(Dedicated to my sweetheart Michele)


 We Three

My love wanders the rooms, melodious,
flute notes, plucked wires,
full of a wine the magi drank
on the way to Bethlehem.

We are three. The moon comes
from its quiet corner, puts a pitcher
of water down in the center.
The circle of surface flames.

One of us kneels to kiss the threshold.

One drinks, with wine-flames playing over his face.

One watches the gathering,
and says to any cold onlookers,

          This dance is the joy of existence.

I am filled with you.
Skin, blood, bone, brain, and soul.
There’s no room for lack of trust, or trust.
Nothing in this existence but that existence.



Danny and Annie

Danny Perasa and his wife, Annie, came to StoryCorps to recount their twenty-seven-year romance. As they remember their life together from their first date to Danny’s final days with terminal cancer, these remarkable Brooklynites personify the eloquence, grace, and poetry that can be found in the voices of everyday people when we take the time to listen.

“This is such an incredibly powerful piece. Their love is…wow…it’s what I’ve always imagined love to be. Thank you so much for sharing this. I can’t stop crying!”
Katie Armstrong

“That was the most beautiful thing I have ever heard. Annie was an amazingly lucky woman to have such a wonderful man for all those years.”
Michael Bertrand


  1. Dear Administrator (who happens to be the love of my life!) – Thank you for this – yet another exceptionally brilliant and heart-exploding post! I could have made the same beautiful dedication right back at you! Both Roy Croft and Rumi speak for me here as well – elegantly and eloquently. And Danny and Annie illustrate my complete dedication to you and our life together. All Love and Praise for my dear Administrator, my dearest, dearest Drew! Thank You. For Everything!!

    • “Love is from the infinite, and will remain until eternity.
      The seeker of love escapes the chains of birth and death.
      Tomorrow, when resurrection comes,
      The heart that is not in love will fail the test.”

      We pass with flying colors!

      From Rumi and my heart to you lovely woman, Michele, the love of my life!

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