Mortalitié – tripping the light fantastic

No art is possible without a dance with death.” – Ericka Ostrovsky

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”            -Alan Watts

Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.” – Satchel Paige


Mortalitié – tripping the light fantastic

Every day of our lives

Each of us dances

Never are we alone

Biding time

Awaiting our dance –

Ballet, tango, Line

Waltzing, flamenco, regardless

The melody may be fast

We may move slowly

Across the floor

Down life’s corridors

Delusions of solitude

When things are darkest

Yet she is always there

Waiting her grand performance

Death is always

With us, a partner

From our birth

Some will dance briefly

In its unshakeable embrace

Nuchal cord – un, deux, trois

Accidents, illness, suicide

Her fluidity – a mask

Caché – she often takes

Partners by surprise

That which doesn’t kill us

We are told – makes us

stronger, for some it does

Some take it – make of it

Conception d’art

Dance each day

As if you were

Nijinsky, Taglioni,

Alvin Ailey

Each to your tune

Remember – mon ami

With each dance, each step

Choreograph your life

Danse avec le coeur

Each step of your life



Author: Léa

A wanderer who has found home and herself in the South of France.

13 thoughts on “Mortalitié – tripping the light fantastic”

  1. Wow this is beautiful. And I think it partners very well with my latest post too. What do you think? And of course, the quotes are, as ever, fabulous and perfectly chosen. Love xxx

    1. Merci! Yes, I thought about that as I read your piece and was preparing my post. I wanted to include a quote from Alvin Ailey but stopped with the three you see there. Love xxx

  2. With a mention of so many of the “forms” we associate with social dancing, there still creeps in here the notion that our own dance may be unseen, and a thing of the soul as much as of the body.

    1. Absolutely Cynthia. That is why I had to include Alvin Ailey… Each dancer has to create his/her own steps as you know. 🙂
      I understand that the late Charles Chaplin was an excellent dancer and he certainly danced to his own tune. I just picked up his autobiography and am looking forward to a good read.

  3. I really love this one. You are thought of all the time. Love your work. You are wonderful with words. Thank you for sharing. LJM Su Love, Joy & Magic always Su   Woman are Angels ! if someone breaks our wings, we simply   continue to fly …. on our broomsticks

  4. I love this Lea, most of us shuffle through life hardly aware that each step could be our last. Now if we danced through each day aware of life and all its possibilities that would be something. Your poetry is rocking it today I might add.

    1. Oh Kath, you are a treasure. So many people are obsessed with obtaining possessions, you are such a beautiful and exciting example of one who really does dance to the music you hear. More than that, you take your loved ones with you!

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