Who are these friendly people extending their hands toward one another? See their smiles?
The arthritis in my left hip has reached critical mass, and until well after my hip replacement surgery in July, there are certain things I can’t do.
When I saw The Daily Post’s photo challenge this past week, I knew exactly how I would finish this sentence. You see, yesterday was the 31st Phoenix International Folk Dance Festival. I brought my camera and took lots of pictures, but I’d rather be…dancing.
Those lovely people above who look so happy are dancing to an American folk tune called Paul Jones and executing a square dance figure known as a grand right and left. If you scroll through the photos at just the right speed, you’ll get a feel for the sequence.
Or you could watch the short video below.
The festival was delightful, but I missed out on the best fun, the dancing. I have lots more pictures, so I’ll post a whole photo essay on the festival soon.
My response to the Daily Post prompt: congregate.
To congregate in the narthex.
Pick up a bulletin.
To enter the sanctuary.
Sit in the last pew, next to the center aisle.
To praise God
With psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.
To hear the Good News:
Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.
To commune with the believers—
Bread and wine, body and blood.
To go in peace
To love and serve the Lord.
My offering for today’s Daily Post Prompt.
Or settling for what you don’t really want
Or with (com) promise
I would rather be uncompromising
Than promising away my joy
Or settling at the concession stand
Life is a series of compromises
And with every transaction
I’m farther away from my dreams
Why not a promise
That satisfies my convictions
My confections of perfection
In response to the Daily Post Prompt:
Strategy—the human attempt to attain desirable ends through available means. (~nod to Max McKeown)
Make you mine:
Diagnose the problem
Formulate a plan of action
Utilize whatever ploy necessary
Consider the consequences
Implement my schematic
Proceed from the status quo
To the desired position
Make you mine I will.
In answer to the Daily Post prompt, study:
A polygon is the sister of a pollywog.
A rectangle is just a square that was hung on the line rather than dried flat.
A sphere is merely a circle on steroids; it works out with cube, who used to be a square.
Is an equilateral triangle more egalitarian than an isosceles?
How do you know when a triangle’s right?
How can you be so obtuse? Too bad you’re not as acute as me.
Do witches cast hexagons?
Would an octagon be three times more secret than a pentagon?
Is there a rhombus in the rumpus room?
Is a dodecahedron as rare as a dodo bird?
In response to today’s The Daily Post prompt: treat.
Candymaker as Physician
The confectioner said, you need a treat.
Something soft and something sweet.
She melted butter and poured in sugar
By the cupful.
My teeth twinged, my tongue watered.
A little vanilla, and some nuts,
Rolled in coconut, dipped in chocolate.
She placed a dozen in a white box
Tied with a red ribbon.
Take two and call me in the morning.
I ate two
And then two more
And then four more.
My stomach aching, I called her.
What did you do to me? I’m going to burst.
She said, ah, but good things
Must be taken in moderation.
Too much joy only brings sorrow.
Go to bed and call me tomorrow.
The theme for the current Daily Post photo challenge is your most meaningful photo of the year. It’s hard to choose a single shot, but I’m leaning toward the one below, taken last month at Serb Fest in Phoenix. My daughter Katie accompanied me in honor of my birthday, which made it an even more special occasion. Even though we have no Serbian ancestry, I love the folk dances of Serbia, which were featured at the festival. These lovely Serbian-American girls in their beautiful traditional costumes danced so beautifully:
My response to The Daily Post prompt: relocate:
Gonna ask my realtor
Can she get me a deal
On a sweet little beach house
With a lot of appeal.
It should be in the tropics
But not too hot
Close to the water
In a shady spot
Must come with a cabana
And cabana boy
With lots of clean towels
And mai tai joy
All this and more
At a super price—
Less than a hundred
Would be very nice
poem © ARHuelsenbeck
My offerings for the Photo a Week Challenge:
Acacia (?) against blue skies.
Blue skies above the Trinity Cathedral bell tower in Phoenix.
Blue skies above the San Tan Mountains.