Let the Poem be a Whirling Dervish

When I was young and began dancing

I was taught basic rules:

in order to spin and twirl

spotting was essential to avoid getting dizzy and falling

in school when I was taught poetry

my teacher focused on the structure

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last night the dervish dancer pulled me into his trance

his eyes were closed the entire time

and I could feel him in a zone of tranquil immersion

he was not dancing for  the audience

he was connected to something more divine

and as a result I was lured into that space

of immense peace

and I was reminded that the true mission

of a poem is to descend or ascend

into a space where only the poem dwells

and twirl        eyes closed

shutting all out     yet welcoming

all in… Such dervishment

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