On watching Marion and Renee dancing for Our Lady and on hearing Cheryl sing

Such perfect symmetry of the hearts’ alliance

Fluid and freeing

And full of joy

The body is moving with the life of the Spirit

Blithely revealing the passions of the soul

Here on the running grass

In the open air


Between kenosis and fulfilment


Between loss and enlargement of the heart’s gift


Between daily dullness in the earth’s shadow

And the bliss of offering in heaven’s light

The dancers speak for us with their fragile limbs

Leap into ecstasy

Reach into kindness

Fall into sadness

Tenderly reminding us

That we in our strange wanderings

Are beautiful to Someone


Sarah de Nordwall, 8th September 2012, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin 2012


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