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  The Discovery of Connectedness
by J. Joy Matthews Alford - Sistah Joy
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
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This poem is offered with sincere appreciation for a lesson on relevence and connection. "The Discovery of Connectedness" was inspired by my participation in multi-disciplined workshop conducted by classical musician/conductor Daniel Bernard Roumain at the U. of MD's Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. The issues of relationship and connection, both cultural and generational, were significant in the musically-oriented collaborations.

The Discovery of Connectedness

(with Thanksgiving to Daniel Bernard Roumain)

© by J. Joy “Sistah Joy” Matthews Alford 11-20-2007


When we see ourselves
as but a mere, yet mandatory, speck
traversing the conduit called time
we appreciate the necessity and beauty of destiny.
We begin to comprehend
the need for purpose and direction.
Uniquely created, we each somehow complete
the montage of the universe.
Such awareness can, ...perhaps, entice us
to dance more rhythmically,
whether to the symphonic melody of Opera,
the syncopated rhythm of Jazz
or the pulse-driven beat of Hip-hop
To dance is the thing!
Ever learning new steps--
ever bending, stretching, reaching
at once forward, but also embracing
the offerings of ancestors,
valuing each signature-driven step
dancing toward the discovery of connectedness
required to complete the masterpiece.


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Reviewed by Rodney Bohen 8/15/2008
Well done.
Reviewed by Afrika Abney 11/23/2007
Very profound. Thanks for sharing. Happy Holidays! Stay blessed!
Reviewed by Helga Ross 11/21/2007
Lovely sentiment.
Happy Thanksgiving!


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