The events of our lives shape who we become as we navigate the rivers of our journey…
Each new day presents the challenge of how we resist allowing the past to define or limit us.
As we cross on stepping-stones of loss or regret, my hope is that we may we find the love and courage to live in grace.
|Collage Artwork 'Adrift: Internal Navigation II' by the author, Salyna Gracie|
The difficulty in forgetting
the past is like a river
defying space and time
sometimes a delicate trickle
a sensation of words forgotten
always on the tip of my tongue
other days the river rages
torrents of memories flooding so fiercely
the banks of this body cannot contain it
yesterdays eddy round and round
all regret and longing
cycles that stagnate in cell and bone
today the river is restless
tempting me with its siren song
resisting the pull of things that might have been
I give thanks for this new day
Salyna Gracie is the director of Red Lotus Dance Company. She performs and teaches Middle Eastern Dance and facilitates the Red Lotus SEEDs program which mentors teen girls through dance at her studio in a small rural town in Washington state. Salyna’s dancing reflects a commitment to personal growth by internalizing rhythms and expressing emotion through the body – dancing from the heart. Poetry and visual art continue the conversation of dance with words and images that dance on the page. You may contact her through her website here.
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