There are moments when the power of collective prayer brings even the heaviest heart into grace…
The earth, in all her beauty, and all her suffering brings us together beautifully for healing. When the moon is dark and we fear we have no hope left, this is when we must gather to bring back the light.
|Artistic collage: "Upon Your Flames" by Salyna Gracie|
Upon Your Flames
The dark night
Concedes to hold
But, only for her
Salt and sea
Rhythms of peace
In gestures of healing
With long-forgotten tongues of love
I want to give you my heart!
Or my blood
Casting my drum upon your flames
A sacrifice for indifference
Mine and yours
To watch it burn
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 and her artwork here.
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