Dancing in Water
Anne Whitehouse
for Eiko and Koma

A frame of driftwood 
in the current’s ebb and flow—
clinging to the frame,
the dancers, stiff as driftwood, 
curve slowly into stones
while water runs over 
their stilled forms.

In time they come alive,
are rippling reeds,
swaying stem and buried root,
variously wind, tree, 
flower, naked breath
that swells behind
the push to give birth.

The dancers are in the river,
the dance is in the river,
the dance is the river.

From outside in I found this story:
she almost died,
and he brought her back to life.

Dried leaves, discarded and scattered—
let them go; new ones will grow.
A cricket perched on a twig,
graceful and humorous
at the close.




Anne Whitehouse

is the author of poetry collections: The Surveyor's Hand, Blessings and Curses, Bear in Mind, One Sunday Morning, and The Refrain. Her novel, Fall Love, is available as an ebook from Smashwords, Feedbooks, Amazon Kindle, and iTunes. She was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, graduated from Harvard College and Columbia University, and lives in New York City.


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