pray, I mean dance

I’m a sucker.

I’m a sucker for skin, yours, probably white or black or in between, how Jesus loves his little children. This is seen: the hunger, the bread and butter; how we fit in our jeans, the stitch, where the pockets land. The unseen, how tattoo ideas can drop into prayer like a hawk.

I’m a sucker for strings. On bad days, how my mind churns up past, but then the music, and I see the body, the skin on the raised hands, and it makes the unseen in me dance, slip my shoes off, feel the cold tiles. God is celebrated by suckers.

The creator puts Himself in us, makes us beat box. Even children do it. They hear the praise and know the demons flea. They move their hips like its sacred. Beat the table top, got the boom of fire, that holy.

We’ve got life. We’ve got Africa (Ireland?) in our hearts, Mongolian spots. We’ve generations behind us. Zion up ahead.

Pray, I mean dance, with us, church; so much hurts.

Or just free write. It can be worship.


  1. dang, woman.
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  2. This is really fun. And a beautiful video!!
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  3. Outstanding. “Pray, I mean dance, with us, church; so much hurts.”
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  4. what seth said. :D

    my kids and I just danced like crazy, beat-boxing cellist- now they want to know if Uncle Garrett ( a cellist) will do it too. Tough goo of a day turned to spun laughter.
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  5. WOW.
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  6. With closed eyes, side grin, a wiggle in my shoulders, and good tears squeezing out

  7. I can’t say it enough. I love how you write, mama.
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  8. When I grow up, I want to write just like you. Okay, that’ll never happen because I’m “me” and you’re “you”. So, I guess I’m just sayin’ that I like your words a whole lot.
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  9. Daggone. How do you keep doing that, over and over? Amazing. Beautiful. Thank you.
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  10. This rocks. In so many, many ways.

    (Did you mean “demons flea” or “demons flee”—either way, it works!) :)

  11. This made me smile this morning! Such happy music! :)

  12. DANG! Excellent!!
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  13. And if you can’t dance no matter how much you want to? Oh to lose self-consciousness, but I’ve carried it close since infancy.

    But I loved the thought. Kinda takes away the power of the darkness when you’re singing, dancing, despite it.

    And since I’ve wandered through here for a while now, I figured I should finally say something. Thanks for writing, I love to visit here!

  14. AMAZING, amazing. Thank you, thank you.
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