The Fieldstone Review

Lord of Dance

by John Whitney Steele

  If you wish to join Lord Shiva’s dance,
  stand and stretch your right arm straight ahead,
  bend your left knee and raise the foot behind you,
  hold your big toe with your left hand and spin
  your arm to form a bow behind your head.
  Hold the pose and enter Shiva’s trance.

  Ask Lord Shiva how to dance the fire dance,
  hold the hour-glass drum in your right hand,
  beat the pulse, sustain the universe,
  hold the tongue of flames in your left hand,
  not burn your flesh, destroy the universe,
  fling your arms and legs with wild abandon,
  and not lose your tranquil inward glance.
  Now you know you are the Lord of Dance.