Dance Performance

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Dance
“As I was thinking about this Dance motif some lines of Leonard Cohen sang out loud in my mind:

“Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic ’til I’m gathered safely in
Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love….”

The whole universe is in a dance mode. It would be interesting to see where you find that rhythm and beat to capture it in your lines.

It might be in the flow of a river; in rolling of waves; in raindrops; in the rhythm of seasons, day and night; in the flight of a bird; in birth; in death; in a stage performance.”

Wade In The Water, dance from
Alvin Ailey’s Revelations.  Blue
silk strips of fabric swayed,
creating a ripple effect
in synch to ocean waves. I sat
motionless, privileged to see
these fluid dancers on stage
in front of me. Moved by
spirituals in this piece, I felt
notes resound in my head. Bodies
glided, dipped, a trip into
grief followed by open arms
of joy. An unforgettable display
of dancers who sank through
the floor, and floated in the air.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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