The Origins of Poetry


I wrote this as part of Brad’s Poetic Forms class. This one is a Pantoum. The pantoum is Malayan in origin which was later adopted by the French and brought to Europe. It has been said to be the perfect form for evoking the past. I really enjoy pantoums. I decided to focus on the origin of ritual, which takes it’s shape in dance, music and poetic narratives, stretching back to the unknown beginning. 

Dance of the Muses

The Origins of Poetry
A Pantoum

Dance is Divinity
A language that reunites the heart and mind
Both the sacred and the profane
Bringing us into synchronicity

A language that reunites the heart and mind
Dance creates community
Bringing us into synchronicity
We become companions on the same journey

Dance creates community
Rooted in elemental forms
We become companions on the same journey
Movement—our first thought—a known vocabulary

Rooted in elemental forms
Dance is a history
Movement—our first thought—a known vocabulary
The kinetic reality of ancient faith

Dance is a history
A retelling of ages elapsed
The kinetic reality of ancient faith
When all Art was worship

A retelling of ages elapsed
Apsaras; temple dancers of the Rig-Veda
When all Art was worship
In Sanskirt; Katha, in Hebrew; Kadesh

Apsaras; temple dancers of the Rig-Veda
Odissi; dance more than 5,000 years old
In Sanskirt; Katha, in Hebrew; Kadesh
Shakti in India, the Oreads in Greece

Odissi; dance more than 5,000 years old
The Vestal Virgins’ honor to Athena
Shakti in India, the Oreads in Greece
The Houris of Persia; ladies of the hour

The Vestal Virgins’ honor to Athena
Dance and sing ye Daughters of Zion
The Houris of Persia; ladies of the hour
Hathor, Goddess of the Wreaths

Dance and sing ye Daughters of Zion
“Thou dost rightly share the heavens”
with Hathor, Goddess of the Wreaths
Before ceremony became amusement

“Thou dost rightly share the heavens”
Judith went forth leading the women
Before ceremony became amusement
The Daughters of Shiloh came out to dance

Judith went forth leading the women
“To the Universe belongs the dancer—Amen”
The Daughters of Shiloh came out to dance
“for yours is the Passion of Humanity”

“To the Universe belongs the dancer—Amen”
A language that reunites the heart and mind
“for yours is the Passion of Humanity”
whereby, Dance is Divinity

without which, there would be no poetry.

 

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