Shame that I don’t accept what is; shame that I accept what is.
Shame that I am not bearing gracefully no longer dancing youthfully; shame that I did not appreciate that adjustment to old age that adults around me when I was young had the dignity to disguise.
Shame that my dancing is impotent to right wrongs; shame to consider that it would, should, could.
Shame to believe I dance by my own strength and will; shame not to credit my role in the play.
Excerpt from Aidos, Douglas Dunn, 2015
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Image credit: Inclinations, Photo by Douglas Dunn, 2019
Dancers L to R: Emily Pope, Jin Ju Song-Begin, Cassie Roberts, Vanessa Vargas, Alexandra Berger