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9 Oct

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Original fiction, photo-memoirs, and poetry by Felipe Adan Lerma

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October 09, 2014

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Arts Poems, Dance Yoga Music Art Writing +


Over 100 short original arts related poems.

Written by my wife and myself beginning in the early 90s.

Poems for Dance, Yoga, Music, Writing, Art, Photography, Theater, Creativity, and Inspiration.



Note: some formatting adjusted to fit this blog.


Dance – Original Poetry


Aerobic Dance


to my body


each time i start class

I start again


in spirit.

Lazy soft first


meant to test

the day’s range –

listening to my body…

Tiny tap touches

on the beat


my extensions.

The melody


the momentum,

the down beat

sets the limits

as i listen

to my body’s

waking dancing walk.

Repeat rhythms


the growing range of motions

the flowing stages of emotions


the glistening body was also listening.

Aerobic dance in class


a conversation

of celebration between all that’s beautiful

in you.

© 2011 adam light creations / adan lerma



Gentle strength –

a blessing

set in motion;

mind and feeling


onto moving flesh.

Nimble and sure…

placing our hearts


on tiptoe,

cradling our breath

on the tip of a wing.

© 1996-2012 adam light creations / adan lerma



Thump, thump. Sound.

The expression of the heart.


The expressing of the voice

singing in our souls.

Stretch and coil. Expansion –

retraction. The dancer mirrors

the explosion-implosion of the universe.

Before thought

but giving rise to reason –

before sound

but vibrating the world

into the motions of awareness –

the dance of Life

made passions stir, opening

the ready eyes of its dancers:

you and me and all of us

upon this vast

dance floor of God’s called Earth.

© 1994-2011 adam light creations / adan lerma



It’s more than the movement

or the easy-sharp swaying

to a beat pounded out right.

It’s more the allowing – a letting –

into one’s skin and muscles

the very vibration of aliveness itself.

It’s a translating of the heartfelt

into the mind-known.

Turning feeling

into conception, vision into perception.

It’s the joining of that

that is perceived into consciousness.

One becomes alive

in time.

And time takes you-makes you

its minute hand

dancing you round

the hourglass of life.

© 1994-2011 adam light creations / adan lerma


Dancing Is…


is an art…

Dancing is a sport.

Dancing’s a way of life


what words imply –

what images



the heart



of our movements.

The art is the letting –

the sport is the getting –

that we are space

we are time

we are…


© 2011 adam light creations / adan lerma


Latin Dance


of flowers reaching the sun

the shot of birds through the air

the smile of an infant seeing your eyes

soft as the first green buds

in early light

strong as the river releasing a winter’s snow

pausing and starting and flowing

like breezes signaling


of freshness

and always the pull felt

among all the planets and all of

the stars


dancing the passion of space

© 2012 adam light creations / adan lerma


Little Dancer

Your tiny dancing movements are

the most innocent of all.

They are the first fun steps created

both for you and your loved ones.

Everyone is watching you

with open eyes and

an open heart.

So enjoy.

Raise your rounded arms.

Sway and move your little feet.

Clap and move and keep on smiling.

For life is smiling through you.

And we can’t but smile back


© 1994-2012 adam light creations / adan lerma


My Dancer’s Pose


between the earth and sky


one foot grounded and

one fist’s fingers



feet and fingers



my lines’

passages through


heart and mind

my thoughts

steadied by my heart’s

beating breathings


feelings warmed


my mind’s acceptance


balance reaching from the


my foot a peaceful planting –


dancing pulses playing waltzes –


between stars inside our patient earth.

© 2012 adam light creations / adan lerma


The Quiet Dance


when the music and the dancers talking

all around us wave and wind their way among

the beats and sounds and melodies

making life fuller…

when that music


worries doubts sadness

and grit from biting the reins of

daily life…

when the movements in

our veins and finger


are touched

with life

that responds and connects

the inside

with the world outside


the quiet dance with all the world begins

© 2012 adam light creations / adan lerma


To Dance Class

“i’m tired, i’m old, i hurt, i’m hungry”

none of the old buttons worked

i still had to go ;-)

dance aerobics called

and my body was craving

a rhythm feed –

i cued

my music-brain-part

a nudge

a wispy breeze to move the clouds along

my music-muscle needed stretching

carrying lifting lilting punching

swaying staying

in my

birthing heart beat

i had had to go

still hurt still tired still old

but not so hungry


© 2011-2012 adam light creations / adan lerma


Yoga – Original Poetry


A Child’s Pose Is…

a coil of hope

wrapped in leaves


a seed


and gathering

new life…

a thought

curled into a roll

of pure cotton,

a salve upon the heart…

a rest

a moment

a shiny secret whimper

of delight…

© 2011 adam light creations / adan lerma


A Yoga Teacher – a beginner’s view

no nirvana’s escape here

this is

the yoga of connection

eyes meant for speaking


linked to living

touches are

the stillness of motion

meant from kindness

yes nirvana’s here

a whispered union

of communion

© 2011 adam light creations / adan lerma


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Open Link Night ~ Week 33 – Recycling “Evolution of a Yoga Pose”

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evolution of a yoga pose : original yoga poetry


if the words endure, they do so because they link the links –


Open Link Night

Open Link Night, Week 33 ~ from dVersepoets, hosted by joy ann jones (hedgewitch) is a more than usually welcome prompt for me this week

i’d been debating, whether to, “jump in” with an article on the latest twist of yoga headlines, these from another scorcher from the nytimes, “yoga and sex scandals: no surprise here,” or to instead, do a poem via one of dversepoets’ many fine prompts

open link night, and the recycling of one of my yoga poems, “evolution of a pose,” gave me a chance to merge the two, save some time, and let me go out dinner with my wife for a beautiful sunset here in burlington vermont ;-)

Yoga and Sex

my intent, if i’d done a “pure” yoga article reviewing the hubbub, was to link to the more interesting and comprehensive folk, such as :

yogadork’s “William J Broad on John Friend Scandal: Yoga is a Sex Cult and We’re All Ignorant Minions” –

and carol horton’s “Back to Basics: Yoga as I know it, 101” –

and an article i first saw from nancy alder, and is also linked to by yogadork, “Christopher Wallis addresses “Factual Errors” in NY Times Article: Yoga and Sex Scandals

My Take

my own take is, depending on your view, either too simplistic, or too involved ;-) or maybe just right ;-)

for what it’s worth, this is where i stand regarding yoga

1) my understanding of yoga is, like most things in my life, except for a few constants, an evolving understanding – so i’m open to change, have changed (some), and expect i’ll have a few adjustments still along the way

2) my favorite (short) quote about yoga i’ve seen several times, and saw again today on the mindbodygreen site :

it’s from the dalai lama,

“There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.”

3) many of the ideas feelings and precepts in yoga, i learned and heard growing up, so yoga is not a sole depository of human wisdom

4) people argue constantly about something with a big “Y” yoga and a little “y” yoga; i default to dalai’s quote above if you need an authority, i’d still think it’s a needless debate if you don’t ;-)

5) getting rabid about sex not being part of yoga is as wrong as being rabid that it is

sex is part of and responsive to eating breathing sports art dance music literature gazing into your lovers eyes and eating a delicious meal, oops, i’m back to eating, now that’s where there’s no real surprise ;-)

6) arguing about the history of yoga, in detail, is like pointless – we don’t even know if JFK was killed by a lone gunman, or in cahoots with others – generalities is the best we can do

i currently write a daily morning poem, and a later-in-the-day gratitude poem, and when i re-read them, i’m shocked at what i remembered vaguely, and what i didn’t remember in detail at all! – though i know whatever it is that happened, i absorbed

7) my physical and, by unavoidable natural connection, emotional mental health is enhanced by physical activity –

as my emotional and mental health enhances my physical health –

yoga does this, as does dance and music and writing and good company and, oh, yes, eating ;-) eating well anyways ;-)

there’s more, i’m sure, but it’s close to time for my wife and i to go eat, with a great coupon of course ;-) from living social – they don’t pay me to say that, i say it because i am grateful for a decent deal from a company i’ve had fair dealings with several times

just like the yoga ladies i mention above as reference probably don’t always agree with my take on things, but i admire them and what they offer for discourse and pondering

and that’s how i feel about yoga, it doesn’t agree with all of me –

i can’t do headstands, hold myself afloat with one hand, or twist the same both directions, but i admire what it does for me, in my breathing, in my stretching, in its (usual) compassion toward self and others, and its advocation of awareness

with that in mind, i offer you a poem that deeply fit me as it creatively came out, ala dalai’s words, of brain and heart – renamed only slightly to clarify it’s a “yoga” pose i’m writing about ;-)

my thanks to dVersepoets for offering a poet’s-option open mike prompt

it’s like offering an open-pose session of yoga –

the yoga of poetry ;-)


Evolution of a Pose

As a tiny child

(I am told)


liked to lift

my chest


the floor

and peek about

and smile at those around me.


As a quietly raucous teen

(i’ve been reminded)

i’d lift my chest

from the


beach sands

that are galveston

to peer around

at my peers.


As a young man intent

on learning asanas

i’d lift prone from

the mat


the third chakra

i knew must be in there




i was, i was told.

Maybe, with smiling fangs?

i wondered…


In the service

i’d lift my chest

with my breath as

i pressed my finger

on the trigger.

I was a



i thought.


As a dad

i’d lift

my head

as my children

learned to lift their head

then their chest,

core muscles moving


to the crawling mobile stage –

and i recall

(i would tell them)

they’d lift their chest


the floor

and peek about

and smile..at all those around them.


The cobra pose is but

a stage of skin


the playful peeking child

and the grateful mom and dad.

The pose

is the peeking child


Nothing more.  And never nothing less.

© 2011 adam light creations / adan lerma


blessings everyone ;-)

namaste´- con dios – god be with you


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