Dying/broken/forgiven.... now I begin

Born: 17-06-56....gemini.... monkey
re-born: 3-09-80
born again\found: 14-04-08
other notable dates: 10-03-68; 03-09-87; 23-03-96;
1-05-98; 31-01-02; 5-04-04

Interests: movement, stressed/transgressive embodiment, lived experience (body\space\time\relation)
expression ( word, dance, text, image, story, music, poetics)
learning, yielding......

Hopes for the blog:
offer up the wild intersectedness of lived experience and engage others in creative, expressive, perhaps irreverant, hopefully playful, and respectful encounters....
enact kindness
create moments of pause for disclosure, discovery, stillness

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Basic Step

Every dancer knows the way into a dance
is through
the basic step
a pattern that repeats and sustains
rhythm, posture, motion
the space(s) in between

a habit of body 
as impossible to resist 
even now
when I feel its call
I can fall into the sweet forgetting 
that deep attentiveness
my feet seem to move of their own

even though I know that's not how it works
(I know) how mercurial an effortless agility can be
and now merciless

is it any wonder
 I crave and cherish 
my moments of rebirth and return


  1. I really like this one. I totally feel it. what I have learnt is even when your feet cannot move on there own accord. what body parts can... will...and it is no less a moment of rebirth and return.thank-you for finding the words to express something I could not have.It's a beautiful thing.

  2. The dance of the wood nymphs is hard to forget.

  3. anonymous--glad you liked. i danced for lots of years and taught dance for lots of years and it's been a few years since i have done either.... clearly i miss it.
    WM-thanks for this great comment. :)

  4. I believe in body memory. I often practice Tai Chi and after a while the moves seem to happen without thinking about it. I suppose dance is similar. You get lost in the movement and it is a rebirth. Nice poem.

  5. oops I commented on a totally different kind of dancing...way to over analyse.....I think it works for both though....and yes I find this humorous...whats that saying?? oh yeah keep it simple.Still doesn't take away the fact I enjoyed it.

  6. Mr.C. thanks! i know what you mean about getting lost in the movement.
    tweaty--glad you enjoyed, again.... the basic step is usually simple, ironically enough. ha.