dancing in the streets

Photo credit: Rich Davis

unexpectedly connecting

watchers and the watched


life, art

an ever changing rearrangement:

summer heat sizzles

crowds peopling

the tunes and fumes

of a subsuming cityscape

as we fall

run, twirl, pause

leap enthralled by


kaleidoscopic improvisation

Photo Credit: Rich Davis

 **Photo credits: Rich Davis and http://dpgimagery.com

This poem was inspired by the public art performance, “CrossWalk It,” of Elm City Dance Collective in the streets, sidewalks and crosswalks of New Haven, CT.

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27 Responses to dancing in the streets

  1. F.G.M. says:

    “kaleidoscopic improvisation” and I would say luminous revelation.. I also love the line
    “an ever changing rearrangement”, in fact I love each and every word in this poem… and I love MORE than the poem: your heartfelt generosity,
    “enthralled by enthralling”… yes, that’s it, very precisely…

    C’est un poème merveilleux, une porte ouverte sur ton âme, et l’on peut lire ce miracle que peut faire l’art : réunir, ou mieux, UNIR les gens, les âmes, les coeurs…

    Oeuvre divine, qu’on appelle grâce: oui, “dancing in the streest” and sharing Grace.

    ♥ M E R C I C H L O E ♥

    • SirenaTales says:

      Oh, now I want to add “luminous revelation” to my poem :). Thank you again so much for sharing your infectious enthusiasm and grace on these pages. Frédéric. I am so pleased that you liked this…to be honest, the poem came very quickly once I was back to my sensory memory of that wonderful experience of dancing in the streets (although it was exceptionally hot and humid :/). Your support means more than I can express. xoxo

      • F.G.M. says:

        “the poem came very quickly once I was back to my sensory memory of that wonderful experience of dancing in the streets”, “spontaneous poems” are the best ones! great work (I should say, great workS) my dear friend! take care & ♥

  2. j.h. white says:

    love, love the photos Chloe….great post!

  3. Blend life, art. Love that. Lines need to blur more often.

    • SirenaTales says:

      Righto, my friend. I think that’s why I have become so taken with public art–so thrilling to have art be more integrated into our everyday experience, and for all to partake. Thanks for your continued insight and support, Emile.xoxo

  4. Miranda Stone says:

    Fantastic, Chloe! Your poem captures the essence of that cityscape so well. I love the movement of your words here, crackling with energy.

    • SirenaTales says:

      Oh, I am so thrilled to hear you say that, Miranda. As you know, dancing is deeply important to me, and as I mention to Frédéric above, the poem wrote itself so unexpectedly and swiftly… I wasn’t sure it was effective. Movement and “crackling with energy”–doesn’t get better than that for me. Thank you so much! Am heading back to your story published online….xoxo

      • Miranda Stone says:

        It was more than just effective, my friend. Beautiful and powerful. Seems like the poems that write themselves often are. ❤

  5. Rachael Charmley says:

    Absolutely knocked out by this, Chloe – and how wonderful to see you in your power as a dancer. Your face is so radiant! Like Frederic, I love every word. It exudes energy, electricity, spontaneous firecrackers – ‘an ever changing rearrangement’, ‘kaleidoscopic improvisation. A triumph, my beautiful friend xxx

    • SirenaTales says:

      Dear Rachael, So lovely to receive your enthusiastic encouragement and so great to hear that I did in fact convey some of what I was feeling–“spontaneous firecrackers,” indeed (wish I’d thought of that :)). You are kind to say I look radiant-I wasn’t sure whether to include this photo of me flushed, drenched in sweat, messy and at that point in the evening, exhausted. But then I swallowed my ego and decided to show what the dance often requires….I so love hearing from you, my lovely friend. xoxo

      • Rachael Charmley says:

        Ha. I saw you were exhausted my friend, and I’m so proud of you for swallowing your ego! Not sure I could have done what you did. I have dreams about wondering around the streets naked (in fact I had one last night) – which is about the fear of being found out – of not being authentic or something, I suspect. I so admire you for getting out there and doing your stuff. As a determined introvert I could not do that – it’s so good for me to watch someone I admire getting out there on the street and making a difference. Your blogs are like little lessons for me. xxx

      • SirenaTales says:

        Your words are a balm and an inspiration. You humble me. xxo

  6. diahannreyes says:

    Is that you in the photo, Chloe?! “life, art an ever changing rearrangement” – love that- and the exchange between the performer and the watcher. What a cool improvisation of movement and life.

    • SirenaTales says:

      Yep–’tis I….looking more than a bit like a dish rag :). Bt as I mention above, it was in the 90s F. and oppressively humid and we had been dancing for quite awhile. I am so pleased to hear that you enjoyed this, Diahann….absolutely an ongoing improv, life and dancing and dancing in life. You and your thoughtful, generous comments so inspire me–thank you, thank you. xxoo

  7. In the Stillness of Willow Hill says:

    Oh the freedom you must feel, dancing in the streets.

    • SirenaTales says:

      Oh, yes! I hadn’t quite thought of things in your perceptive terms, but you are spot on–tremendous freedom and exhilaration. Thank you so much for being here with your radiance. xxoo

  8. sugar16r says:

    Reblogged this on Notes From A Hairdresser and commented:
    Wonderful! The words the picture, love.

  9. Fantastic, ST! or as you’d say…YOU ROCK! xoxo (love the goggles, btw)

    • SirenaTales says:

      Heh. Thank you so much, Elysha–your constant support means so much to me. The goggles are definitely cool….I was happy that we decided to wear them on our heads that night as we were sweating so much in the intense heat and humidity that I would have had a problem seeing out of them :). Thanks for noticing! xoxo

  10. seanmirza says:

    Another brilliantly penned poem. Bravo.

  11. Geo Sans says:

    unexpected interaction
    on the sidewalk downtown
    the surprise
    lines of dialogue

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