Music and Dancing

Poems are the rough notation for the music we are ♫ ~Rumi



I’ve learned to live

I’ve learned to live
I’ve learned to survive
To light up a bonfire
To sharpen a knife
And I’ve learned to trap
I’ve learned how to hunt
To line up the target
To take what I want

But where have you gone?

I’ve learned to learn
I’ve learned to explore
And how to sneak silently
On a leaf-covered floor
And I’ve learned to trace
I’ve learned to divide
The instincts to follow
And those you’d better hide

Straying through the forest
In search for a guide
I get a glimpse of a gleam
Through the oaks
But it’s just another candle
It’s just another light
On the grand graveyard of hopes

I’ve learned to grow
I’ve learned to take heed
Yet turn a blind eye
On my wrinkles, indeed
And I’ve learned to smile
I’ve learned to behave
To clean up my dooryard
To set up my cave

I’ve learned to pray
I’ve learned to believe
That at the very end
There will be no reprieve
And it can’t be undone
No it can’t be undone”

I have listened to the song, and the part on learning to live reminds me of the closing statement by Peter Rollins in his video on Transformance Art: “We create a space where … we try to sensitise ourselves to one another, to confront ourselves, and we confront each other, so that we can finally learn what it means to live before we die.”

I understand from the song lyrics that it is about learning to live in such a way that there will be no regrets at the very end because we would have been true to ourselves and we would have endeavoured to live as fully as we can through learning, exploring, growing, praying and believing in a world of uncertainties and sufferings. It is by embracing the darkness that we experience the light that shines, like “another candle… on a grand graveyard of hopes”.


I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me. -Psalm 16:7

Mariah Carey ft Whitney Houston “When You Believe” HD

Many nights we’ve prayed
With no proof anyone could hear
In our hearts a hopeful song
We barely understood

Now we are not afraid
Although we know there’s much to fear
We were moving mountains long
Before we knew we could

There can be miracles, when you believe
Though hope is frail, it’s hard to kill
Who knows what miracles you can achieve
When you believe, somehow you will
You will when you believe

In this time of fear
When prayers so often prove(s) in vain
Hope seems like the summer birds
Too swiftly flown away

Yet now I’m standing here
My heart’s so full I can’t explain
Seeking faith and speaking words
I never thought I’d say

There can be miracles, when you believe
Though hope is frail, it’s hard to kill
Who knows what miracles you can achieve
When you believe, somehow you will
You will when you believe

They don’t (always happen) when you ask
And it’s easy to give in to your fears
But when you’re blinded by your pain
Can’t see your way straight throught the rain
(A small but )still resilient voice
Says (hope is very near)

There can be miracles
When you believe
(Lord, when you believe)
Though hope is frail
(Though hope is frail)
It’s hard to kill
(Hard to kill, Ohhh)
Who knows what miracles,you can achieve
When you believe, somehow you will(somehow,somehow, somehow)
somehow you will
You will when you believe

You will when you
You will when you believe
Just believe…in your heart
Just believe
You will when you believe~

Lady – Lionel Ritchie

Lady, I’m your knight in shining armor and I love you
You have made me what I am and I am yours
My love, there’s so many ways I want to say I love you
Let me hold you in my arms forever more

You have gone and made me such a fool
I’m so lost in your love
And oh, we belong together
Won’t you believe in my song?

Lady, for so many years I thought I’d never find you
You have come into my life and made me whole
Forever let me wake to see you each and every morning
Let me hear you whisper softly in my ear

In my eyes I see no one else but you
There’s no other love like our love
And yes, oh yes, I’ll always want you near me
I’ve waited for you for so long

Lady, your love’s the only love I need
And beside me is where I want you to be
‘Cause, my love, there’s somethin’ I want you to know
You’re the love of my life, you’re my lady!

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