SHE DREAMS OF BELLY DANCING, by Patricia Kelly & Daughn Lee (Dream inspired poem)
Neither Daughn nor I have a dated copy of the above. But I knew it was written between 1999 and 2005, as I remember I posted an exploration of the dream the opening stanza is based on to the web site I had at that time. Although I don't have the dream journal for those years anymore, I did save to my computer everything posted to that now defunct web site (Pegasus Dreaming). And in those copies of those old posts is the one about that belly dancing dream with the year 2000 above it.
Probably more interesting would be how we came to write this, but I can't recall that either. All I remember is writing my stanza in an email. Then happily awaiting her reply appended to mine and so on, until we agreed it felt finished. We had plans then -- and if the Deities cooperate will still do this -- to read it together at an open poetry reading.
Both Daughn and I actually feared we'd lost this poem, never to be seen or read again, as neither of us could find our copies when she brought it up some time ago. Then yesterday I was going through my writing files (a never ending job it seems :-D) and, voila, there was one copy, undated, but complete. Yes!
As to why I've posted it as three separate scanned images? Oy, I find setting up tables and boxes in HTML to accomodate special spacing like Daughn's very time-consuming. So I cheated and hope it isn't distracting. I.e., I did it up in large font in WordPerfect, printed it out, and scanned in each of the three pages. I had also thought to blend the three into one long scanned image in Microsoft Paint. But, that, too, would have been time consuming, as I'm not very skilled at that. And, honestly, my temper has been really short these days. I think the heat really got to me. So I didn't want to lose the delight of having found what Daughn and I sadly believed to be our lost poem, beneath editing and computer snafus due to my inexperience and resultant head-banging! :-)
The odd thing is a mutual friend of ours (Eva Yaa Asantewaa) just made a post to The Tarot Channel the day before I found the poem, about a belly dancer who is developing performances based on The Tarot. Then, as Eva pointed out on re-reading this poem, it has a definite aspect to it of The World (sometimes called The Universe) card in The Tarot.
What a delight to have this lost poem come home!
Resource: Belly Dance America.
‘til next time, keep dreaming,
[aka: Patricia Kelly]
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