Sharing more Love (poem & video)

I did not know
he was breathing me in,
during the blackest night of my soul.
Quietly, he did tiptoe,
night after night after night.
Boldy, he did lean close,
breathing in my rhythm, my joy.
Note after note after note,
peeling away my songs;
making my music his own.
Skilled precision, no remorse.

Waking each day
somehow changed,
but unaware
that I was slowly disappearing.
One note at a time carried by a fading breath.
In the black of the night, he did come.
One by one by one,
until he held all my songbooks,
and I held none.
He left no trace, not even an empty page
to bleed onto or to start again.

Without my music, I did step
into each day, which became
the next and the next and the next.
No song in my heart, just static.
Then it happened, not all at once,
but one by one by one,
the notes floated in
to a heart that needs music to live.
It took time to arrange the notes
and rebuild the songs,
that I feared were long gone.
Fear and sorrow replaced with joy,
for the notes are now anchored deep within.

Oh, heavenly bliss to feel my songs,
to delight in the dance again.
Take my hands and join me
in the dance of life –
the joyful cosmic spin!

Sharing more love from my Mike Love, “Babylon Control” Happy Hour dance from two weeks ago (video below). My share is the beginning of his long song and the last I will share from this blurry video. 😁 Turn up the music and dance! Thank you for visiting. Take care of yourself; the holiday season can be filled with joy and wonder, but it can can also be a challenging and melancholy time for many. Be well. πŸ’— Michele

Thank you to Masticadores Spain for publishing my “Living Green and Dancing with Love” post. πŸ’š

β€œBabylon Control” by Mike Love (dance excerpt)

I dreamt last night that the end had come
I was searching everywhere for food, butβ€…thereβ€…was none
Bodies layingβ€…burned in the midday sun
Nowhere toβ€…hide
Nowhere to run

I went to the city but the city was gone
Irradiated with hatred and destroyed by a bomb
Behold the brilliant colors of the nuclear dawn
But there is no song
All has gone wrong

And when I awoke I could clearly see
The seeds of this vision Jah had given me
Planted deep within these aristocracies
Hypocrisy and
Power and greed

So wake up, to the fact that they’re controlling you
Whether or not your doing what you want to do
The system that we are living in is doomed, Oh!
Jah knows it’s true
And I man, I know it’s true

And I’m just telling you this
Because I love you breddren!
Through and through I man true, until the very end
The sweeter the kiss
The stronger the poison!
And this is the reason that I idrens
Are dying for nothing

Oh, It’s Babylon control
It’s Hollywood mind control
They target the youth
I’ll show you the proof
Come on see the truth
It’s written on I am man soul
On I am man soul, yeah

…………………………….

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Photo 1: by Andre Moura Photo 2: by Thu00e1i Huu1ef3nh (Pexels)

Β© 2021 Michele Lee Sefton

87 thoughts on “Sharing more Love (poem & video)

  1. I arose early to write and found your blog! The poem was energizing. I could feel the peeling away of the music and with joy I could feel and even dance to the return of the notes. Music is such gift and movement to it makes us feel so full. Thank you for energizing me this beautiful morning!

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  2. Timothy Price

    Wonderful poem. “during the blackest night of my soul” Are you familiar with “the dark night of the soul” in the mystical journey of Juan de la Cruz? You are an adorable dancer. You had a lot of moves reminiscent of Go Go dancing.

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    1. Thank you, Timothy. I was working on a book review to post, and this poem showed up last night. The review can wait. πŸ™‚ I have read of “the dark night of the soul” in other contexts but have limited knowledge of the journey of Juan de la Cruz. Of course, I am intrigued to know more. πŸ€” Thank you. I have fun. Your comment reminded me of the show, Laugh In. Of course, I was very young when I watched that. 😁

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      1. Timothy Price

        I loved Laugh-In. The dark night of the soul is very intriguing. I read a lot more of his writings. Frankly way too Catholic and dark for my Protestant sensibilities. Theresa de Avila is another interesting mystic, contemporary of Jaun de la Cruz. She was required by her confessor to record her mystical experiences, which she didn’t want to write down because they were very personal and erotic. I have my own theory about a lot of mystics. With their extreme deprivations, and often only consuming bread, salt and water for the sustinance, they would have all kinds of halucinations that could be interpreted as mystical unions with God.

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      2. A fun and silly show. πŸ˜„ Yes, I agree, intriguing concepts. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and thoughts on this interesting subject. I will explore de Avila’s background and writings. πŸ™πŸ»

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    1. Thank you, Brad, for sharing your candid thoughts. I appreciate that. I do like to wind my way to hope, in a poem and in life, whenever possible. Of course, we all carry light and dark within us, and live through the same. Writing can help us heal and rise above the “dark nights” whether they be in the present moment or from our history. ✍🏻 I am delighted to read that my video got you up and dancing. Mission accomplished! πŸ•ΊπŸ»πŸŽ΅ Keep dancing, and writing, of course! πŸ’–

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  3. There’s nothing static about you, Michele. Your poetic expression and energetic dance are dynamic, a joy to read and behold, with music in your soul and Love in both your heart & ears. Thank you for sharing your wonderful creative skills, my friend. 🌞

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    1. Phil, you do a fine job of using one my words or phrases and weaving it into a lovely response. We all have our “static” moments or periods where joy does not have a leading role but thank you. 🌞 It is my pleasure to create and share. Thank you for supporting my joyful endeavors. ✨ πŸ€—

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      1. It seems to have issues tracking me. Hit or miss. It did the same with last week’s recitation. A few retakes due to that issue. I was ready to throw it into the street! Of course, I don’t know until I am done and review the video. I am going to spend some time messing with it today. I may have a lemon. QC seems to be an issue these days. Ironically, I bought this phone due to positive video reviews.

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      2. Argh! Yes, lemons are for lemonade, not video. Regarding tracking, maybe try a slow dance. πŸ˜† It sounds like a ‘reviews’ contribution may be in order, while perhaps ordering another phone. Hopefully, resolution will be swift. Best wishes, Michele. πŸ™πŸΌ

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    1. Thank you, David. I really really appreciate it! 😁 I wanted to relax last night, but this pesky repetitive poem would not leave me alone with my freeflowing thoughts. πŸ˜† I am glad for that and for your support. Time well spent. πŸ’

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  4. β€˜but one by one by one,
    the notes floated in
    to a heart that needs music to live.’

    These lines resonated with me especially Michele – who can live without it? (Sorry, more ABBA πŸ˜…) love the dance video too: continue to be you and be free!

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    1. Thank you for sharing what resonated with you, Ingrid. I appreciate learning that. πŸ™πŸ» True. We all need to hear and feel the music! No need to apologize. πŸ˜„πŸŽ΅ Thank you – dancing and expressing freely is a gift. πŸ’ Creative expression is a wonderful gift for all of us!

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    1. Such beautiful comments, Cindy, that leave me humble and grateful. Thank you. πŸ’ Joy does flow through me when I can become one with a moving song. I know you can relate. πŸ₯° Life does have its magical moments! πŸ’–

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  5. I sense fluid motion and love of movement in your words, Michele, and found the opening stanza of your poem positively stunning! I felt the creativity and passion in the words as combined with the color and freedom of a sunset.

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    1. You do have gifted senses. 😁 There is definitely a connection between my words and my movement, perceptive one. πŸ’– Those first few lines convinced me to pause on a book review I was working on and draft a poem instead. Late Friday – pesky poem! πŸ˜† We love them though, don’t we? Your gorgeous words about a sunset have special meaning to me right now – I am watching the changing colors in the sky with the setting sun, as I type these words. πŸŒ‡ Thank you, Jaya.

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    1. I am beyond blessed with wonderful readers who brighten my feed with their supportive, engaging, articulate, and uplifting words. I would find joy writing to the moon and stars – what a gift to share and receive connection and support in return. πŸ₯° I trust you feel the same with your blog connections. I am grateful to be one of them and enriched, inspired, and educated by your shares. You have so beautifully and poetically described my experience of finding light again, finding my songs again. A process that we all go through at one point or another. Love your last line. πŸ’–

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  6. A beautiful poem that has put a big smile on my face; lost is now found, and the cosmic spin rebounds. Haha. Always a joy to see you dance; and congrats on the pub! I left a note over there. Happy Saturday, Michele! πŸ₯°β€οΈ

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    1. Great line, Jeff. You may have to work that into a poem! ✨ How fun and I am happy to read my poem delivered smiles. πŸ˜„ Bonus! Thank you – it is a joy to dance and move and express. It was also a joy to take a long nap today. Sometimes that is needed after all the expressing! πŸ˜† I truly appreciate you taking the time to comment on the Masticadores site. I am sure Juan appreciates your time too. Have a wonderful Sunday – writing, napping, weekending, or whatever else speaks to you. πŸ’–

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      1. Thank you, Michele; it’s so much fun. It did indeed. 😁 You’re most welcome. Always. Ah, we can see and feel that joy. πŸ’• Ah, naps, my favorite. It is true, when expressing much, rest is needed! 😴 It’s my pleasure. Masticadores is so lovely and lucky to have you. Thank you, Michele, and a lovely Sunday to you too. ❀️πŸ₯°

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  7. Oh Michele what a delightful marriage of poetry, music and a special performance by the Dancing Queen herself on such a beautiful day! πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸŽΆπŸ’ƒπŸΌ You just know how to lure us into your world of romance and make us smile like a kid. What a powerful message you delivered to us today and in such a magical and happy, mellow groove! πŸ‘πŸ½πŸŽΈβœ¨πŸ₯‚πŸ¦‹πŸ’–πŸŒž Thanks girlfriend! πŸ™πŸΌπŸ’πŸ‘πŸΌ

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    1. “Marriage of poetry and music” – a great tag line, Kym. 😁 I have 12+ minutes of me dancing to that long song. Thought I would share a few more happy hour beats – ending with the intro. Makes perfect sense. πŸ˜‚ I actually watched a little girl dance earlier today and felt very connected to her bubbling joy. I learned a few new moves too. 🀣 Let’s never lose that. Mellow groove, yeah, that vibe feels right for my chill Saturday night. πŸ₯° Thank you my dancing friend. πŸ’ƒπŸ½ πŸ‘‘ πŸ’

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      1. Girlfriend, I look for any reason to dance, whether inspired by someone else or the beats in my head! πŸŽ΅πŸ’ƒπŸ½πŸŽΆ Like you, I don’t waste an opportunity to dance like Paula Abdul. πŸ‘ πŸ’‹πŸ©° Enjoy your evening my dear, with visions of sugar plum dancing in your head!!! πŸ₯°πŸ₯‚πŸ’–

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    1. It certainly is dark when our music goes silent. Moving through the darkness can remind us how brilliant the light is and how beautiful our music is when it returns. πŸ’– I am glad yours did too. Thank you so much, Dwight, for sharing your caring heart.

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  8. This beautiful dancing doll knows how to paint her painful heart even in darkest hour of life n create powerful positive vibes around her with lovely inspirations. It’s an awesome feel to read you always dear Michele. You n your dance πŸ’ƒ is amazingly awesome πŸ‘Œ ❀πŸ₯°

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    1. So wonderful to hear from you, sweet Suma. I hope all is well. I know you are staying busy. πŸ˜€ Your comment is gorgeous and a shining light to start my day. Thank you and best to you and yours. πŸ’–

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  9. the process of renewal, one by one by, one, a note after note after note. and the explosion of being in a new space but with a greater appreciation for a return joy. Your exuberance is like a 4th of July firework celebration. Your poetry connects with the readers and your joyful exciting energy(dancing) holds us hostage until we are energized and inspired. At least that is how I feel. In my mind I dance along. I may watch later and join the fun. Hope you had a restful and peace filled weekend!

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    1. My weekend has been restful and peaceful. Thank you, Tony, and thank you so much for your exuberant comment. 😁 I am most appreciative of your connection to my poem and the words you have chosen to share your connection. Your comment about being held hostage made me chuckle – it is probably how my former students felt during a lecture. πŸ˜† I do hope you danced! Have a wonderful week!

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  10. Omg I didn’t imagine your post to keep getting this exquisitely beautiful :)) I absolutely loved your poem to begin with, and then thoroughly enjoyed your dance, it was mesmerizing with the upbeat music and appreciated having the lyrics to follow along. What a gift to me this afternoon!

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    1. I truly appreciate your enthusiasm, Pragalbha. ✨ That means a lot to me. I am glad you enjoyed my post and that you were able to see the lyrics alongside the dance. That was the plan, but things don’t always go as planned. Thank you for telling me that. πŸ™πŸ» Your words are a gift to me! Best to you and your family this holiday season. πŸ’

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