Sunday, November 8, 2015

Forever’s Dance to Basketball music with Globetrotters 
A couple joins to celebrate a life well lived 
A basketball team celebrates 90 great years 

Forever’s Dance (English sonnet) 

They joined again to celebrate their dance
He held her close as precious times before
As heartbeats’ rhythm washed upon their shore
And music lit a path to their romance
And there what splendors soft and tender soar
As realms of dreams are captured in their trance
Each motion turns of passion would enhance
Each sway a promise of yet one wish more
They danced to a lifetime starlight would kiss
They danced to the wonders dreams would employ
They danced to all dancing by their side
To dance in his arms escape and her bliss
A heaven sent gift this moment of Joy
Forever reliving before he died

(Well, there was an ending we didn't expect. To set up for this unexpected ending an ostinato begins at the end of the second quatrain ("Each"). The ostinato becomes more pronounced with the first triplet ("they danced"). Then, like a whisper, we are led to the unexpected. I use "dance" as a metaphor for life. In all our poems, I capitalize the "J" of Joy, because that was Arlene's middle name. - The girl, in the poem, is really me. Arlene is the person who died. Overall, Arlene and I had a storybook life/dance  together. Sure, I miss her, but we made great moments together, Moments greater than sadness. I stopped revisiting things Arlene and I enjoyed together. There is no need to, as Arlene and I followed our dreams, like that old couple walking home from school (again). Life had blessed me to transform the these moments into living memories. I have since remarried, but unfortunately have become seriously ill. One of side effects of my illness is: memories become very real. So I get to dance with Arlene through remarkable dreams, that were us.)

I lucked into this great video which goes well with this theme: Dance with Me Rumba 

Let's lighten the mood with another celebration 

On March 2, 1962, Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in one game against New York. That is sill the most one player has ever scored in one professional basketball game. Talk about basketball legends. in my opinion, there is none greater than the Harlem Globetrotters. The Globetrotters are an exhibition basketball team that combines athleticism, theater, and comedy.  Legend has it (although a bit romantic) the team was organized in 1926 in Chicago's Savoy Ballroom. Most of the original players attended Wendell Phillips High School. Since then, they have played more than 20,000 exhibition games in 120 countries. To celebrate their upcoming 90th anniversary, the Harlem Globetrotters have teamed up with STOMP (a group currently on Broadway, New York, who use the body and ordinary objects to create a physical theater performance) to create this memorable video. 
With this video, the world says thank you for everything. "STOMP makes basketball music with Harlem Globetrotters" 

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