Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Monday, September 1, 2014

Warrior Princess

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  She births stars from her fingertips
Dances with fire
Wraps herself in comet tails
Spinning the flames
As graceful and dangerous
as a tigress
Wild as summer jasmine
She dances with fire
to moonlit music.
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Note: This poem was inspired by watching a performance of Weapons of Mass Distraction, the fire spinning group (all students!) at Reed College in Portland, OR where my daughter is now a freshman. After one of the women's performances, a woman sitting next to me shouted, "Look at that, you bimbo cheerleaders! These women are WARRIOR PRINCESSES!"

submitted for Imaginary Garden With Real Toads, Open Link Monday


Marcoantonio Arellano (Nene) said...

interesting commentary.

wonderfully depicted, mi amiga

Susan said...

You captured the dance and the transformation into the stuff dreams are made on.

Kerry O'Connor said...

That must be an amazing display of coordination and timing! Lovely!

Unknown said...

I appreciate the reality of the back story; and I like the fact that you prompted me to consider that we each play with fire, create with fire, feed the fire, put out the fire....\\http://www.kimnelsonwrites.com/2014/09/02/so-many-lost/

Anonymous said...

Ha! Sounds very cool--Reed is a wonderful school--one of my daughter's best friends recently graduated and had just a great experience. Good luck to your daughter--and you! k.

Marian said...

wow. warriors!