for Maria Sorenson
Maria was born in Uppsala.
She married young
to a man who turned out
to be a bad drunk.
She divorced him, against
19th century Swedish mores.
She fled to Chicago
with her daughters, remarried
& moved to the suburbs.
She loved to dance.
So did her new husband.
No matter what happened
during the work-week,
they always went dancing
on Saturday night, right up until
the day he died, at age seventy-five.
Maria polkaed through her eighties
& waltzed through her nineties.
She wouldn’t wear hearing aides.
She feared they made her unattractive,
& men wouldn’t dance with her.
She died at one hundred & three
from an infected, broken leg,
just days after her last elated dance.
Eric Greinke’s work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, most recently Gargoyle, Main Street Rag, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Poem, The Aurorean, and Forge. He has collaborated extensively with other poets, and is working on a book about it, to be titled In the 3rd Person. Three of his essays appear in the soon to be published anthology Poetry Matters. www.ericgreinke.com