Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Glory

The Glory

I make the mistake of showing my hand,
exposing the hole in my palm that bleeds
and never heals but bleeds light, that dawn
white shining from the deep inside
of morning glories.  You look at one blue
morning glory blossom, and it is equal
to the greatest thing.  Each body
on the killing fields, whether burned
or cut to pieces, had that bright soul,
and so I bend to look into the glory
in one blossom and know it stands
for the beauty that cannot be destroyed,
that is larger than the vast plains
of murdered bodies because I can see its
light too in the luminous sky over the fields
of the dead, the dim light in the bare bulb
in every torture chamber, or in the light
of every mind confused with secret fears –
Here, touch the white light in the center
of my blue palm; think of a circle of sun
shining on a lake; or, burning on a sea of grief,
light with the candle of our insane consolation
love’s rebellion, tempered by desperation.

 – The Blue Elephant, August 2013

Monday, August 19, 2013

Children Dance at 31 July 2013 Open House at The Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts

If you live near the former Alice Center for the Arts (now called The Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts), 1428 Alice Street in Oakland, you will see the sights and energies of the excited performers who learn and practice there.  At their 31 July 2013 Open House, the dance instructors for the children and young people invited children and others in the audience to join them on stage for impromptu dance lessons.  Before the lights went down as various dance groups that occupy the center presented their great work in a Performance Showcase, I photographed the delightful children:

The Malonga Casquelourd for the Arts, formerly the Alice Arts Center, is in a restored landmark 1927 building that has long been a focal point of performing arts in the Bay Area.  Originally it housed Oakland's Women's City Clubs.  There are YouTube videos of abbreviated forms of two dances by one of its several dance groups, Axis, when performed on the television program So You Think You Can Dance -- YouTube subject "AXIS on SYTYCD 2012" or link July 2013
For more information on the Center, you go to their official website:
"Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts"