Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Dancing Anyway

Wounds can be healed
Some leave a scar
Some leave us walking
with a bit of a limp
We can spend years
trying to walk as if
we'd never been hit
Learning to pass as someone
who has never felt the blade
never been burned by the fire
Trying to fade every scar

Or we can accept what is
and move to the music as we are-
a little lopsided
tilting into the wind
coming to a sudden stillness
when a voice or a movement
ignites an old neural pathway
with the remembered scent
of blood and burning

We pause for just a moment
not breathing
Then exhale
and inhale
and move to the the melody once more

Some wounds
even after they're healed
leave us walking with a bit of a limp

But they cannot stop us from dancing

~Oriah "Mountain Dreamer" House (c) 2016

Photo from Karen Davis at Open Door Dreaming


  1. Hey!, the comment section seemed a bit lonely... I'm going to read your books! See you soon fellow ENFP!

    1. Thanks. 90% of the comments and conversation happens over on the Oriah Mountain Dreamer FB page- so this spot does get a little lonely. :-)

    2. And for the record I am an INTJ :-)

    3. And to the person who wondered if this I really Oriah- it is- sorry I accidentally hit "delete" instead or "publish" and lost your comment. :-(

  2. Oh... you should correct this website: https://www.16personalities.com/enfp-personality