The Devotional Dance

is a rebirthing of sorts: eyes loose shut,
crouching on hands and knees, rocking back and forth

arching —no growling: just prowling and breath.
a feeling into the body, sensing its stories and songs

dusty blackened bare feet, soft body,
sweat-stained skin, untamed bushy hair

these sensual moves summon the instinctual:
feeling the glow … slow, slow …
moving as the body wants to move.

no direction from outside—
the golden darkness leads

the animal inhabits the skin and
remembers its wildish ways

and in this quiet stirring,
I am released.

(The Empress card from The Field Tarot)

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