She Danced for the love

Our Lady of the flowering EarthShe Danced

she danced for the love she felt
the love she gave away
and the love she kept

she danced to free her spirit
and to free other spirits too
she danced in response to joy
and to process pain
she moved her body
like her life depended on it
praying for love to come,
for sadness to go
she danced in gratitude

she danced for all the people
who can’t dance for themselves
she also taught others to dance
for justice, for truth, for possibility
for healing the broken-hearted
she danced to break the ties that bind
our women ~ our mothers
to bring awareness and healing

she danced to break open the hearts of
our men ~ our fathers
to bring truth and compassion
to invite friendship and art
into the open spaces
that the dance created

she danced to keep the flame of true love burning
she danced when she was too tired to walk
she danced between the worlds

she danced because a celebration
calls for dancing
the twirl of skirts the rhythm of feet
the snapping and clapping,
the exultant inhale and exhale

she danced with lovers, she danced with friends
she danced alone too because some nights
we all dance alone and because sometimes
dancing is all that can be done

she danced for the artists and musicians
and scientists and alchemists and midwives
and physicians and housewives and gas stationers
and waitresses and poets and for all who work
too too hard, for too too little

she danced for all the creators of invention
and those whose gift is just: TO BE.
she danced to dislodge the caught gifts
struggling to get free in each of us

she danced for the living and for the dead
in birth and in mourning
for peace, beauty and creative expression
she danced our prayers all the way to GOD
which isn’t so very far after all…

“Shall we dance?” asked the Creator of Dance
they danced until the sun came up
and this time, she didn’t have to lead.

Shiloh Sophia

Painting: Our Lady of the Flowering Earth