Dancing hope defiant…..

I need to dance with a barefoot heart,
to twirl in the darkness of the wee hours
and wriggle free,
unloading heavy things
into hands so warm and available and open
that they tug the sun up through the woods
while the birds prattle joy
and the candle burns slow,
flickering sandalwood and spruce
and I take it in hungry
and peer into the face of light.

so there is somewhere for the torment
to tumble out and go,
all this anger over unjust things
that hurt the ones I love
while my stomach screams hard for help and change
and my small hands burn to take hold of everything cruel
and make it stop,
to make this big world well
until it goes kind and peaceable and just.

I want to rest deep and also live awake.

So when I need to lay my mind down
on something soft and tender-strong,
and remember deep the shepherd psalm,
and take in the love that speaks truth into storm
so that the fog and the cold doesn’t take me,

I can dance on it,
can paint and sing and write and move and shout and love out loud
in stuff that speaks like prayer
until my vision climbs up higher
and my heart holds firm to peace
and I breathe into hope that is defiant
against the dark.

This is a little re-write I shared a few years back
and it moves me that it’s stirring fresh again inside
and I share with a fresh sprig of new-grown herb
and serve it up with love:)

“The belief is that enough hope and tenderness will lead to world peace,
one mind at a time.    All nations will come together in kindness and justice,
swords will be beaten into plowshares,  spears into pruning hooks.
This is a little hard to buy with a world stage occupied by so many madmen,
and so much suffering.  But setting aside one’s tiny tendency toward cynicism,
in the meantime – in Advent – we wait;  and hope appears if we truly desire to see it.”
–  Anne Lamott


  1. Elephants Child on December 10, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    We ALL need to dance defiant. To dance with hope in our hearts. To dance like no-one is looking.
    I wish happy and endless dances to you dear one. Today and every day.

    • jennifer on December 14, 2019 at 8:11 am

      Yes…..big love to you and your dancing feet and heart:)

  2. Julia on December 11, 2019 at 10:10 am

    Advent is this time set aside to do just the things you spoke about. A time to hope and wait in faith for the healing of our broken world. A time for hope, peace, faith, and love to dispell the darkness and to bring light to the world…

    Hugs, Julia

    • jennifer on December 14, 2019 at 8:11 am

      Thanks for your visit, dear Julia, and much hope, peace, faith and love
      to your big heart this beautiful season,

  3. jeanie on December 11, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    A little sprig with a new grown herb. Here’s to you. To dancing. To finding the things you need. The anticipation of new beginnings, healing, love and culminating in joy.

    Biggest hugs,

    • jennifer on December 14, 2019 at 8:10 am

      Exactly:) Here’s to you and your wonderful life, too, Jeanie:)
      Thanks so much for your visit and
      a beautiful season to dear you,

  4. Patty Hight on December 14, 2019 at 8:25 am

    Holding you especially close this Advent season❣

    • jennifer on January 8, 2020 at 4:46 pm

      Thanks for your holding, Patty – hope you felt me over here
      holding you close to heart also. Big love to dear you,

  5. Susan on December 14, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    I really want to put down the anger of unjust things so maybe a wild dance is in order … thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and words and those wonderful images.

    • jennifer on January 8, 2020 at 4:46 pm

      Thanks for coming by and waiting so long for my reply – it was an unusually wobbly December.
      I appreciate you and your presence here so much.
      Much joy and big love to dear you,

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