Dance of the Star Person

September 22, 2011
By Thesilentraven PLATINUM, Mableton, Georgia
Thesilentraven PLATINUM, Mableton, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
"il piu nell' uno," (according to Emerson, an Italian expression for beauty)

"Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality" ~Emily Dickinson

"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain"
~Kahlil Gibran


Look, there she dances!
Behind the curtain of dusk colors
Sunflower yellows and rose reds
And a spotlight of orange projected from
God knows where
The audience is chatting amongst themselves
The director stuck his head in a barrel which he found
In his mother’s back yard
Because it’s kind of fun to scream into a barrel
No one can hear you

Her dress is woven with cloth hearts
Tickling the black, wooden floor around
A pair of bare feet
Which tap in tune to a song
Only she can hear
Tapping
Tapping
How can there be a breeze backstage?
But there is
So this must be an enchanted place
Sit still and be nothing
Then maybe the Earth will touch you
Many would die for the chance
To feel the shiver of those burning fingertips
But everyone must die a little
To live a little
Then live a lot, if you want to join the dance

But that’s the difficult part
Leaping into the moment as it quivers far below you
Her face has the tranquility of statues
And the fluidity of water
The beauty of angels
And the humility of a servant
The nakedness of stars
And the mystery of God
To grab the golden heart, as it floats on air and time
Would be to jump into the fire
Even though it says it promises not to burn you
So she dances on
And the audience is made up of cowards to leave her behind the curtain
But that’s the way it is
Maybe in the end, they’ll join her
And they will all dance behind the curtain, center stage
And laugh and hug and cry, shedding tears of light


The author's comments:
For the one whose soul is made from what the stars are made of. "She is illusive. She is today. She is tomorrow. She is the faintest scent of a cactus flower, the flitting shadow of an elf owl." (Jerry Spinelli).

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on Dec. 8 2012 at 2:47 am
Elizabeth-of-rohan PLATINUM, Abbeville, Louisiana
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Favorite Quote:
Pain is stronger than life, stronger than death, love, loyalty, duty.
~Essad Bey

"you are tired (i think) of the puzzle of living and doing; and so am i. come with me, then, and we’ll leave it far and far away—" - e.e. cummings

Once in a blue moon I find a person with a love for words and stringing them together.  You are one such person.  I can't stop reading what you've submitted on here, they feed my soul. Thank you.

leafy said...
on May. 21 2012 at 3:18 pm
leafy, City, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Gil: I would like you to read my novel and get your opinion. 
Ernest Hemingway: I hate it. 
Gil: You haven't even read it yet. 
Ernest Hemingway: If it's bad, I'll hate it. If it's good, then I'll be envious and hate it even more. You don't want the opinion of another writer. 

Ah, how lucky Stargirl is, to receive a poem dedicated to herself written by none other than the Feathery Bard himself! I do believe there isn't another gift that can top that :)

"To grab the golden heart, as it floats on air and time/Would be to jump into the fire/Even though it says it promises not to burn you"
Those lines particularly grabbed my attention- quite beautiful imagery you have there. For some reason, though, rather than picturing a golden heart, I imagined a golden apple...

Once again, you astound me with your majesty :)

on Dec. 9 2011 at 3:07 pm
RedFeather GOLD, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
Prose is like walking but poetry is like dancing.
—Paul Valery, poet (1871 - 1945)

The lines "But everyone must die a little to live a little" is what I think catches my attention the most. That's true in some ways, I guess. There must be death for life to continue on and become renewed, but death can still suck.

on Nov. 30 2011 at 6:18 pm
Thesilentraven PLATINUM, Mableton, Georgia
40 articles 2 photos 1635 comments

Favorite Quote:
"il piu nell' uno," (according to Emerson, an Italian expression for beauty)

"Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality" ~Emily Dickinson

"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain"
~Kahlil Gibran

Aha, both inspired me, in the selfsame form. :)

I thank you kindly for your comments; they are most well received.


Rayne GOLD said...
on Nov. 25 2011 at 12:10 am
Rayne GOLD, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
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Its awesome the way you use your words. It makes me wonder what inspired you.... I almost always wonder that though... A dancer? Someone in love? 

I like the lines "But everyone must die a little/ to live a little/ Then live a lot, if you want to join the dance"


on Oct. 17 2011 at 4:56 pm
IamtheshyStargirl PLATINUM, Lothlorien, Utah
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Favorite Quote:
Boredom instigates extreme creativity.
~Amoniel

"Bowing gratefully to all of my subjects, 'thank you. Thank you. The pleasure is mine." Nah, I'm just kidding. We're all kings together.'"
~Thesilentraven

How interesting, Raven, very true besides. 

Aderes47 GOLD said...
on Oct. 15 2011 at 7:37 pm
Aderes47 GOLD, Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.
Henry Drummond

You know what I mean. But I might just put it up again... :)

on Oct. 15 2011 at 5:56 pm
Thesilentraven PLATINUM, Mableton, Georgia
40 articles 2 photos 1635 comments

Favorite Quote:
"il piu nell' uno," (according to Emerson, an Italian expression for beauty)

"Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality" ~Emily Dickinson

"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain"
~Kahlil Gibran

That sounds intriguing, Stargirl; I'll certainly look into it!

I've been reading a novel which speaks of insanity, and the way that "sanity" is only what the majority decides.


on Oct. 15 2011 at 5:55 pm
Thesilentraven PLATINUM, Mableton, Georgia
40 articles 2 photos 1635 comments

Favorite Quote:
"il piu nell' uno," (according to Emerson, an Italian expression for beauty)

"Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality" ~Emily Dickinson

"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain"
~Kahlil Gibran

Oh, I'm really sorry you had to delete it, Aderes, it was such a tenderly written poem! It's a pity that what's tender must be thought of as 'embarassing' as well. But I quite understand why you did it, although I'll certainly miss it.

on Oct. 15 2011 at 5:51 pm
Thesilentraven PLATINUM, Mableton, Georgia
40 articles 2 photos 1635 comments

Favorite Quote:
"il piu nell' uno," (according to Emerson, an Italian expression for beauty)

"Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality" ~Emily Dickinson

"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain"
~Kahlil Gibran

Thank you so much!

And (uh oh), maybe I can't top it... ;)

 


on Oct. 14 2011 at 4:43 pm
IamtheshyStargirl PLATINUM, Lothlorien, Utah
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Favorite Quote:
Boredom instigates extreme creativity.
~Amoniel

"Bowing gratefully to all of my subjects, 'thank you. Thank you. The pleasure is mine." Nah, I'm just kidding. We're all kings together.'"
~Thesilentraven

Hey Raven, I've got a really good book for you, it's called "Dumbing us down: the hidden curriculum of compulsory schooling". It's about public school, and it talks about how schoolchildren are taught not to think for themselves, just like something you once said. 

Anyway, the book's by John Taylor Gatto, if you're interested :)


Aderes47 GOLD said...
on Oct. 13 2011 at 9:36 pm
Aderes47 GOLD, Cambridge, Massachusetts
11 articles 0 photos 897 comments

Favorite Quote:
You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.
Henry Drummond

My sister thought it was embarrassing because she knew who the poem was about. 

I had to because my sister has the ability to get into some serious trouble. She knows me too well and she's a snitch. 


on Oct. 12 2011 at 7:42 pm
savetheplanet PLATINUM, Anaheim, California
45 articles 9 photos 565 comments

Favorite Quote:
It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

Yah, but she's your sister, why did you have to?  And it was NOT embarrassing.  It was a really good poem.

Aderes47 GOLD said...
on Oct. 12 2011 at 7:38 pm
Aderes47 GOLD, Cambridge, Massachusetts
11 articles 0 photos 897 comments

Favorite Quote:
You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.
Henry Drummond

Sorry Raven, 

The reason why I never replyed to your comment on my poem       Love:The words of our languages is because my sister made me delete the poem from the website!

She said it was too embarrassing and she said I would get into trouble. 

 

 


Aderes47 GOLD said...
on Oct. 12 2011 at 7:30 pm
Aderes47 GOLD, Cambridge, Massachusetts
11 articles 0 photos 897 comments

Favorite Quote:
You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.
Henry Drummond

This is so sweet!

And awesome, beautiful, captivating....

I honestly don't know how you can top it! 


on Oct. 11 2011 at 8:29 pm
savetheplanet PLATINUM, Anaheim, California
45 articles 9 photos 565 comments

Favorite Quote:
It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

GASP. Sorry, it's just that I really like Josh Groban.  YES, you should definitely listen to him :D  I usually use a website called grooveshark which is like a music search engine.  It's pretty cool.

on Oct. 11 2011 at 6:42 pm
Thesilentraven PLATINUM, Mableton, Georgia
40 articles 2 photos 1635 comments

Favorite Quote:
"il piu nell' uno," (according to Emerson, an Italian expression for beauty)

"Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality" ~Emily Dickinson

"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain"
~Kahlil Gibran

Danke, Liz. Dancing is graceful (for some, at least, not me).

I haven't heard of Josh Groban, but I'll give him a listen.


on Oct. 10 2011 at 9:26 pm
savetheplanet PLATINUM, Anaheim, California
45 articles 9 photos 565 comments

Favorite Quote:
It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

OH MOST BEAUTFUL POEM EVER.  I've always thought dancing was so graceful.  This poem reminds of that Josh Groban song, So She Dances.  GREAT JOB :D

on Oct. 10 2011 at 7:42 pm
Thesilentraven PLATINUM, Mableton, Georgia
40 articles 2 photos 1635 comments

Favorite Quote:
"il piu nell' uno," (according to Emerson, an Italian expression for beauty)

"Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality" ~Emily Dickinson

"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain"
~Kahlil Gibran

Bjork is, undoubtedly, one of the most unique artists out there. But silence often makes a beautiful accompaniment, yes. :) Henry Nouwen taught me that, in fact.

I like that line, too! It sounds really egotistical for the author to say something like that, but often, I feel like I'm only pulling together stuff that I experience for my poetry, so it doesn't really seem like my work.

I'd love to scream into a barrel, because there are quite a lot of emotions I'd like to put into the scream. Good and bad. ;) It's a pity that people assume the worst of such a situation. Otherwise, I'd be giving the sky my all as well. It would feel good to be whittled down to your raw self, yes?

It's wonderful of you to say that, you darling Star Person. :)


on Oct. 10 2011 at 5:30 pm
IamtheshyStargirl PLATINUM, Lothlorien, Utah
44 articles 16 photos 2217 comments

Favorite Quote:
Boredom instigates extreme creativity.
~Amoniel

"Bowing gratefully to all of my subjects, 'thank you. Thank you. The pleasure is mine." Nah, I'm just kidding. We're all kings together.'"
~Thesilentraven

Oh Euphoric rush of the soul! 

Oh frabjious day, Calloo, calay! 

Oh the rainbow and Oh, the sea! 

 

I thought that I must turn off my music to read this symphony of a poem, and turn off my music I did. (Even though it was Bjork and she's quite the Starperson herself, only silence could accompany and compliment such a silent melody)

"Because it's kind of fun to scream in a barrel", my heart leapt at this line, only heaven knows why, though you probably know as well.

I know that it is fun to scream in a barrel, even though I'm not sure I've ever done it. 

There's just something in me lately that wants to scream and yell and shout into the sky without the bindings of someone else hearing and wondering who is committing mu.rder. I think too much...

Raven, your voice, in every poem you've ever written -whether it reads as quiet or loud, is strong and confident and incredible. 



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