Learn to Dance

learned to
dance, not really.
To lose myself in
the joy of the moment,
to let the spirit move me,
letting go of self consciousness,
embracing the rhythm of the dance.
I hope it is never too late to learn.

I never danced in church, until today, and the angels would have been pleased or at least entertained!  Thanks to the sermon from my good friend and kindred spirit, Catherine, here is a quote from St. Augustine that will make you want to put on your dancing shoes.


I praise the dance,
  for it frees people from the heaviness of matter
  and binds the isolated to community.
I praise the dance,
which demands everything:
  health and a clear spirit and a buoyant soul.

Dance is a transformation of space, of time,
  of people,
who are in constant danger of becoming all brain, will, or feeling.
Dancing demands a whole person,
  one who is firmly anchored in the center of his life,
  who is not obsessed by lust for people and things
  and the demon of isolation in his own ego.

Dancing demands a freed person,

  one who vibrates with the equipoise of all his powers.
I praise the dance.
O man, learn to dance,
  or else the angels in heaven will not know what to do with you…

– Saint Augustine

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4 Responses to Learn to Dance

  1. scm says:

    Lovely, Wendy. And your poem really speaks to me, too.

  2. Catherine Hicks says:

    We had a good time at St Peter’s, didn’t we? Now I want to take dance lessons…..

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