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The Dancing Cry Of The Soul

I had dancing in my soul today. I work at a stand-up desk with head phones. I couldn’t stop playing this really cool song by Jack White. I’m Shakin. I tried not to dance but failed. I danced, at my desk. OK, I admit it. Then I found this amazing poem by Rumi called The Dancing Cry Of The Soul, and this post was born.

Also check out the great dancing by Farrell Anna in Dancing in Iceland. She really cracks me up. She seems so happy, like she can’t stop her feet. And this cool dancing by Ogg to the song Shakin. So upbeat. So much fun. Me happy. Light up the sky. Burn a whole in the carpet. Dance in the shadows. Dance to laughter. Move your knees to the beat. Jump. Pop. Run. Twist. Shake. Dance. OK?

“Dance, when you’re broken open.
Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off.
Dance in the middle of the fighting.
Dance in your blood.
Dance when you’re perfectly free.”


“I would shake the dust from my coat, and rise
If I realized my own perfection.
I would rush to the sky, empty and light;
My head would be high as the ninth heaven.”



Dance by Farrell Anna – Dancing in Iceland


The Dancing Cry Of The Soul

Love is the dancing cry of the soul, calling the body to worship
Like a shining whirlpool, or a spinning mayfly
So is love among the skies.
I leap across the mountaintops, madly singing the song of all songs
I float through the ether, intoxicated, thrilled
I think only of your love, your calling to me
And I dance the thousand dances of love, all returning to you.

It is not the play of children, nor the detached unity of wise sages
Unreal! Unnecessary!
Where is the beauty?

When I, like a glowing comet, may flash around your sun
Laughing, singing, with the joy of loving you!

Wine makes drunk the mind and body
But it is love which thrills the soul
When I approach you, I feel the mad pounding of love
The singing wonder
The joy which opens blossoms on the trees of the world.

Come to me, and I shall dance with you
In the temples, on the beaches, through the crowded streets
Be you man or woman, plant or animal, slave or free
I shall show you the brilliant crystal fires, shining within
I shall show you the beauty deep within your soul
I shall show the path beyond Heaven.

Only dance, and your illusions will blow in the wind
Dance, and make joyous the love around you
Dance, and your veils which hide the Light
Shall swirl in a heap at your feet.



Dance by Ogg – I’m Shakin


  1. L O V E T H I S ! ! !

    Free souls!!!!!!!!!!

    “Dance till the stars come down from the rafters
    Dance, Dance, Dance till you drop.”
    -W.H. Auden

    P.S. Iceland… wOW… what an amazing country!!!

    • Yaaaayyyy!!!!! 🙂 I kind of thought you might like this post Julie!!! Makes me happy that you enjoyed it with me. I just heard this song by Jack White the other day and couldn’t get the rhythm out of my head. So much fun. I laugh and enjoy the dance by Ogg the most. Especially the way he starts out. He is so loose, he is like Jello man 🙂 Thanks for the quote too. I LOVE W.H. Auden. One of my favorite poets. Thanks for reminding me. It would be fun to post some of his awesome work. Have a fabulous day!! 🙂

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