Sunday, August 27, 2017

Summer's Air to High School Dance Battle 
Summers pass into memories 
One more senior outing passes into memories 




Summer’s Air (Martin verse) 

What moments passed into the summer’s air
Each breath of life filled splendors we would share
Each dream we danced to one more hope would bear
Each kiss of memories was born right there
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The heartbeats made would last throughout the year
Each gentle scent which flowers sent was dear
Each star which warmed a lover’s night was clear
Each day made extra time to hold you near
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And so we formed the magic of our air
Which every spark of romance held so dear
Was ever there a purpose quite so clear
As whispered wishes born when we were there
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Our summer’s flare would last from year to year
So endless Joyful waters which we share
Who knew the coming pain which I would bear
That morning when I could not hold you near
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A season came with you no longer there
An end to this was all which I could bear
There rose a breeze with so much more to share
What moments passed into the summer’s air


What made summers endless is revealed in this Martin verse. Take four words that rhyme. Take four more words that rhyme, but do not rhyme with the first four words. In the next two stanza  combine the two sets of four words. In the last stanza bring the first words back in reverse order. We have a Martin verse. It should look like this: A1/A2/A3/A4 B1/B2/B3/B4 A1/B1/B2.A2 B3/A3/A4/B4 A4/A3/A2/A1. 

Summer was always my favorite season. Not because school was out. I went to summer school. When I met Arlene she went to summer school with me. (One of the reasons Arlene's dad liked me.) There was something about the summer's air. We who live in San Francisco are spoiled. There is so much to do and our weather is very conducive. The temperature rarely goes bellow 50 our above 95. But summers... There was something extra to it. Was it the moon and stars on those romantic nights we strolled together? Or the warm caress of the fog? Was it how the days waited for us after a day of work? Was it the caress of the weekends? It wasn't just for those precious moments made by two lovers. One day a family would take in the wonders of the summer's air. The trips to the zoo, playing at the parks, exploring, the beaches, and all the rest. There, for us, all of time. But somehow better in the summer. The day came when my children were grown and off on their own. Arlene had passed. I was touched by the summer's air. Then I understood.

I don't want to be upsetting, but a fact of life is we are all getting older. In time there may be things that we can't do anymore or do as well. Add to this, the opportunities that only come around once. This should always be part of our driving force. Those things we missed  out on, or could have done better, should be a motivators to be all that is meant for us. Never, never, never put aside, or belittle, those things that we do well. Instead of worrying how short time may be, fill each moment with memories. Memories that only we can create. Memories that echo, "We were here." At the end of the day we should know: We are wonderful. And until that day, let us Enjoy.


A song for summer: Frank Sinatra "Summer Wind" 

Can dance be an answer to disagreements 


Dance has been shown to improve motor function, cognitive function, mental symptoms, and overall quality of life in people both with and without Parkinson’s disease. These results have been found in scientific studies, but also shared by a number of you in the comments that were left on the last blog.
Virginia, LPCA, highlighted how dance therapy takes advantage of the discovery of the role of mirror neurons in the brain.What is it about dance that makes it such an effective intervention for neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease (and other brain disorders)?
  1. Dance develops flexibility and instills confidence.
  2. Dance is first and foremost a stimulating mental activity that connects mind to body
  3. Dance breaks isolation.
  4. Dance invokes imagery in the service of graceful movement.
  5. Dance focuses attention on eyes, ears and touch as tools to assist in movement and balance
  6. Dance increases awareness of where all parts of the body are in space.
  7. Dance tells stories.
  8. Dance sparks creativity.
  9. The basis of dance is rhythm.
  10. The essence of dance is joy.
(Taken from National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine

What about disagreements? For this we turn to Scott Winn of ScottDW. "HIGH SCHOOL DANCE BATTLE! CHOIR, CHEER, JOCKS, TEACHERS COLLIDE!! // ScottDW - Hum" 


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It's sad to know I'm done. But looking back, 
I've got a lot of great memories. 
Bonnie Blair


 

49 comments:

  1. Ah, long, lazy summer's of love and life and dance and laughter, yes! that is what dreams are made of, made rIght nOw, every day you are graced with living..... Happy Sunday, Martin

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    1. Thank you. Spoken like a true romantic heart.
      Dream on...

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  2. Summer is my least favourite season. Ours are not mild and I sum it up as the sweaty season.
    That said, there is magic and beauty in the hotter months too.
    I really admire your positive attitude.

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    1. Many in California are with you. In the south temperatures have crossed 110.
      Thank you for the compliment

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  3. Sure can find much in any month of the year. But yeah, the older we get, the more we may not be able to do things with our ever sagging rear lol

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    1. Why did you have to mention rears? I had the kind of rear girls would grab. (sob-sob hee-hee)
      Thank you for the memories.

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  4. Never to be forgotten memories so wonderfully put. Thanks for sharing.

    Yvonne.

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    1. You are quite welcome.
      Thank you and bless you.

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  5. Fact of life: yes I guess Im getting older but my mind doesnt think so.
    Lisa

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    1. Maybe you're the exception to the getting older rule.
      Thank you for spreading the youth.

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  6. I agree with you. We cannot ever bemoan things that we CANNOT do. We should fill our moments with things that we CAN do and make memories for the future. It seems that you have lots of wonderful memories stored up. And I hope that you will store up still more!

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    1. There is resounding hope in your affirmation. Thank you.
      I'm sure you have a treasure chest too.
      May more blessings come your way.

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  7. "Instead of worrying how short time may be, fill each moment with memories." ... This is perfect advice.

    You totally hooked me with the dance battle theme!

    This is so true: "Dance has been shown to improve motor function, cognitive function, mental symptoms, and overall quality of life"

    There's also something invigorating about doing something that makes you feel a little silly. :)

    Hey, that's Cyrus in the video! He's one of my favorite dancers. He won his season of So You Think You Can Dance? He's the one who says, "So tell me again why we gotta ride the bus with these humming nerds."

    Wow, The Humming Birds CREAMED the other kids. :)

    That totally made my day. Thank you for sharing that!

    ~Shawna

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    1. Sounds like you really had a good time here!
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings. I truly appreciate it. I Followed you. Hope it works.

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  8. Beauty with a tinge of sadness, just as life is. Beautifully penned.

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  9. These memories keep us going ahead in life.

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  10. Always so much to enjoy here -- a lovely poem, a shared memory, some wise advice --- a good visit each time!

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    1. I appreciate knowing you enjoyed your visit.
      Thank you

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  11. At summer's end there is always a sense of melancholy... maybe dancing is a good cure.

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    1. Dancing works for me.
      Thank you for all the support and great writing.

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  12. The photo puts me in mind of Baby's leap to Patrick Swayze's arms. There is so much we cannot do but as pointed out in your poem, so much we can do. Excellent poem.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed.
      Thank you for the bonus of your thoughts

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  13. I feel the cleverness, and indeed I could dance to this. And then, whiff, the dance would be over.

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    1. So warm and kindly written. Thank you so much.

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  14. Martin, you lived such beautiful memories. Thanks for sharing them with us so movingly.

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    1. I was very blessed. Thank you.
      I wager your life was pretty sterling.

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  15. Summer is certainly a magical time, especially when shared (and made memory) with someone who shares our heart. Lovely.

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    1. These are the thoughts of a hope filled romantic. Thank you.
      Dream on..

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  16. Another interesting post ... the poem and prose dovetail beautifully - creating a lovely synergy. You seem to approach life with a 'carpe diem' philosophy - which is so life affirming - and your posts reflect it. Thanks, Martin.

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    1. Thank you for the beautiful compliment. I am honored.
      I try to be a positive light.
      May you be blessed

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  17. I loved the lilting quality of the poem, enjoyed reading the back story, and am delighted to be introduced to such a great form.

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    1. So let me get it clear – in stanzas 3 and 4, it doesn't matter in what order we combine the words, so long as over the two stanzas we use them all? (Well, you knew I would want to try this, didn't you?)

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    2. Thank you. It makes me feel good to know that you enjoyed it all.
      Yes, the mix in stanzas 3 and 4 are your choice. (very good)
      Have fun

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  18. I enjoyed reading your poem very much, thank you for sharing it. I know what it is to be young at heart and yet a bit less nimble elsewhere. Writing and reading poems like this has given me the ability to share those memories, which is a real pleasure.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed. Thank you.
      I have followed you and look forward to enjoying your poems.

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  19. Like the rhyme scheme much! Reminds me of the Arab monorhymes, Thumbs up for the positivity too!

    Have a good week.

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  20. What a delight to read and such uplifting words to ponder on. Great form, and writing, nicely done. Greetings to you.

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    1. Thank you for your uplifting compliment.
      Look forward to enjoying your site.

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  21. For whatever reason, it seems easier to soak in life during the summer - especially as children - I'm sure it has something to do with not much responsibility - and time on our hands. I agree, enjoy each day and absorb it like a perfect summer day - My 9 year old son and I enjoyed a day jumping stones at the creek and eating ice cream and swinging... And yes, it will live in his memory and I will make sure I will have as many days as I can that are happy with my family - we never know how much time we have -

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    1. Ah yes... This is what life is made for. You will see. So many beautiful moments.
      Thank you for sharing this wonderful part of you. It is a delight and inspiration.

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  22. What a lovely poem, narrative and good thoughts. Thank you. My favorite season is Autumn, so I guess i do appreciate that end of summer air. I enjoyed reading your uplifting words.

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    1. Thank you for your warm thoughts. Autumn... You really appreciate the summer air. Glad you enjoyed.
      May autumn unfold its splendor onto you.

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  23. Summer is my favorite season too ~ I am sad it is ending but look forward to autumn ~ I agree with you on the benefits of dancing...I love it ~

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    1. Thank you for your feelings. I'm sure we made many fragrant memories.
      Dream on...

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