15 posts tagged delight
Part 3: “A LETTER IN WHICH A DANCE IS MADE IN CORRESPONDENCE”
It was while still seated in my studio that I began to think of a dance that I would send to you. I can’t remember what it was that you had said to have promoted such a response from me but I have a feeling that it has something to do with the distance between those who are corresponding, between the two who are writing and sending messages. Messages that, as you have noted, are at times more alike and more apart, that are at times more sincere and less authentic. I started writing you a dance like this before putting it aside.
The next morning, while reading your message, I again began to think of a dance. We were more alike in this one. In fact, as I imagined it, we mirrored each other. Each watching the other for cues of how and when to move, to breath, to step. It was impossible. I tried again later that afternoon to get the movements down, to decide where to step on my own, while imaging how you might have followed, or led. In your message you had made it sound as though the distance between two dancers was nothing more than the space between letters. I thought of this and made a hopeful dance before putting it aside.
This morning, while seated at the breakfast table, working through my notes for the day and again thinking of a dance to send to you, I had this thought and made this dance:
This distance, the one I am so eager to trace, is littered with buildings and as I work to fold myself around them I think, “You would have done the same.”
williamcheramie:: we met "the Howler" Friday, our neighborhood crazy
me:: oh wow! how did it go?
williamcheramie:: pretty good. She was sitting on the porch of the empty house next door. We were trying to load the jeep to head down the bayou for easter, avoiding her, obviously.
williamcheramie:: I kept instigating Kristi to talk to her, since she is so in love with her "street fashion" ...eventually she asked for money, that broke the ice
williamcheramie:: she had just received a few $$ earlier and was able to purchase the meal she was dining on at the time... and the half Nalgene bottle of Beer
me:: well, if you guys ever move, you can include "congenial homeless woman" on the features of the neighborhood.
williamcheramie:: a religious type... as many crazies tend to be, we were "blessed"—jeep packed, trying to leave.... which took a while...as the Howler is Chatty, though before this we had never observed her chatting with "an actual person"
me:: send me a picture of the howler when you can catch one. i love this. fantastic descriptions, william.
williamcheramie:: Just as Kristi got in the car, I sent her back out to get a name
williamcheramie:: Miss Violetta
williamcheramie:: we drove off, then called the neighbor to check our back yard in 15 minutes is she was not still sitting on the porch. I love living downtown.
him:: Is there an online version? Better yet you need to make your own. I've been humming the whole time.
her:: humming!? fantastic! and oooh! yes, I do need to make my own version. I love it. Perhaps we'll come up with some of the "physical challenges" in the lab! Somehow when we talk like this I end up with all sorts of new ideas. I hope the humming is enough of a return for you. ha.
him:: Haha o far more, humming and new ideas are one in the same for me.
her:: i'm like a giddy school girl here, curling my toes! yay! hahaha. you should record your humming... maybe we will use it in the lab. create a special mic just to capture "silent" humming
him:: Haha, a contact Mic and a band aid? I could see that working
her:: yes. yes yes yes. i'd love to fashion it as an almost marketable personal object... a special case, set of band-aids, instruction manual.
him:: That would be just an interesting set of instructions, apply the band aid at the point of the wound, plug in to your recorder so to here your healing.
her:: beautiful—we will make this.