Saturday, October 2, 2010

Dance on a Dirt Road

In the hushed hour, she emerges from her cocoon
one limb at a time, eases through the cobweb casing
to step into the afterlife of the full moon.
She feels erotic, naked, though she wears a silken gown
the color of spring leaves, and pearls of dew.
A syncopated wind slips over her skin
and she begins to dance, one with sky and earth.

Curls of red dust swirl upward as her feet lift
and twirl, hesitant at first, then fleet and swift,
taking no notice of rocks and ruts, feeling light,
free of her perilous existence, perfect in body,
sinuous with longing, transformed in the lunar glow.
She is fire, wind and luminosity, propelled
on a zephyr, wild with power, creating God.

Nightbirds call in the quiet chaos left by her shadow.
From her hands she unleashes ribbons braided
of fears and failures, laced with heart fragments.
She spins tenaciously, arms spread like wings and dances
for all she has missed in her lonely space.
This road knows her feet, feels the beat she hears
in her head, a concerto for a lone dancer, with grace.

Life's Rough Places

Life can be precarious sometimes, as I'm sure you have noticed. Just when you think you have achieved a balance and are keeping all those plates in the air, you can suddenly find yourself peering over the edge of a dark and daunting place. That is what has happened to me in the last few weeks. What I thought to be a persistent skin rash has been diagnosed as T-Cell Lymphoma. The good news is that it is in the early stage and it is generally considered to be a very slow moving disease. The treatment at this stage is a topical steroidal cream and it may be a long time before anything more aggressive is called for. I have a dermatologist and an oncologist who are in agreement, so for now I think it is under control. Still, it has been frightening and maddening to have to face up to this reality. I am determined to stay informed and simply keep living the best I can and not ask 'why me?' One does not have to look very far to find others who have much more to bear. I am grateful for my wonderful family and friends who have sent me so much love.

And now, I am getting busy on my second book of poetry, "Dance on a Dirt Road, Poems for Life's Rough Places." This has been very motivating as I get deeply absorbed when I write...no room for doom and gloom (I'm a poet, doncha know!). I'm hoping for publication by mid-December and it will be available on Amazon! Better get my backside in gear!