Riverdance Nursing Home

The Winter Waltz

Joe Merkle
2 min readDec 3, 2021


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Joe was broken, lonely
Waiting impatiently to die
Carol was seventy going on sixteen
Aging, she refused to comply

Joni was an angel disguised
Her wings hidden from the unseeing
Always dancing, surprised
A puppet of the Supreme Being



Joe Merkle

I write about love, life, loss, kindness, and gratitude. Toss in some fiction and humor and you have the meanderings of a multifarious writer.