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Learning to be lifted (#314)

Learning to be lifted

Dancers
Need to learn to be lifted
To give up the power of their body
To accept, briefly,
The battle between air and gravity
Before trusting their inevitable fall will be eased
By another’s hands

Most dancers learn this gradually
Spins on the ground first
Then small leaps, very controlled
But eventually they need to grow
To become Baby launching into Johnny’s hands
And submit to faith

Other dancers seem to be born natural
They have grace in their leaps, clear lines
When they fly their form never wavers
And their eyes keep focusing on the sky
They have dignity in their being lifted

I have always envied them

I am trying to learn
Learn to be lifted
Look, God,
I’m leaping

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2017 in new poetry

 

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