Dear patrons, about six years ago, I was very moved by a book I read, Dancing with the Enemy. The protagonist of this book held out to me a powerful yet playful way of walking through the world – an approach I found so very compelling, so very different than confronting or fixing that which is distorted or broken or harmful. I felt inspired and wrote this poem after reading the book.

Did not
Take upon her shoulders
The burdens of humanity
She found her place
In the cracks
And she created little spaces
Where those cracks
Didn’t exist
So that she
Always had
Room to breathe
Dance sing and laugh
And when it was all over
She returned to the place of her suffering
Leaned against
Its barbed wire fence
And beamed, radiant
At the camera
In dancing with the enemy
Perhaps Rosie
Had the ultimate impact
On humanity
After all

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