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The Mid-Town Pier

122. The Mid-Town Pier

I was reading through my poetry the other day and found this poem. See what you think—

The Mid-Town Pier

I was sittin’ on the pier

the mid-town pier

where it’s quiet at dusk

prayin’ you know

watchin’ the wind

ripple the water

listenin’ for God’s voice

and she was there

movin’ like the breeze

in an easy dance

she beckoned

my hands rose up in a question

and I said, “Who are you?”

she threw back her head

laughin’ “the one

you pray to —

come on let’s dance”

well you better believe

these old bones stood up

I skittered out on that pier

“I never danced with God before”

I told her. “Sure you did”

she said

and we danced

I gotta tell you

deep inside me

near my heart

I always knew

that the God I pray to

was a dancin’ God

I always knew

that the God I tell others about

could boogie with the best

I always knew

that the God I love

would be wantin’ to move it

slow or fast

rock or line

driving beat

or just barely swayin’

but it felt good

hey—forget good—

it felt great to

dance with God

on the mid-town pier

© Copyright 2002 by Ann Freeman Price

It’s hard when you imagine God as a person—man or woman—and yet in a way that’s what we say Jesus is—a person. And when I do—when I do imagine God as a person, this poem comes pretty close. Because I also feel that dance and movement are such gifts. They are gifts of connection—of you to your own body, sometimes of you to other people, sometimes of you connected to God.

June Keener-Wink taught me about dance and using dance as connection. She also created an oil lamp with a dancing flame—to remind us all of the dancing God.

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