©Yuet-Sim Darrell Chiang, 2015

©Yuet-Sim Darrell Chiang, 2015

A Choreographed Poem inspired by Sia’s song I’m in Here


All poetry is prayer, the poet says,

Lifting eyes to the sky

The rhythm clinging to each heartbeat

In the white space

That breathes beyond and between

Each syllable, each sentiment, each word,

Spoken and unspoken


All dance is poetry, the dancer mimes

Mouthing the words to the song inside

One heartbeat matching each beat of the drum

Each run of the keys, timed, syncopated,

A marriage of movement and might

The language of love and longing


Dance is poetry, poetry is prayer

In the space beyond and between

A story told in silence, melody and grace

The dancer’s spirit bent and broken, healed and saved.


The dancer’s stage, an altar

Where truth hides in the shadows

Is anybody out there listening?


The dancer’s arms, a symbol

Outstretched, pleading, prayerful, strong

Are you coming to get me now?


Dance of sorrow, dance of praise

Can you hear my call?

Here I am, on my knees

Can you see me now?

When will you find the space to

Answer me, rescue me, deliver me.


Watch me dance out loud


©Kathy Moore, 2015

Kathy Moore, BAWP 2002, serves as the Curriculum Coordinator in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District and as a staff developer throughout the greater Bay Area. Kathy is San Ramon’s Poet Laureate for 2012-2016; she also teaches teen fiction writing workshops and is an Instructor in the Master of Arts in Teaching Leadership program at St. Mary’s College of California. In addition to holding a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from CSUEB, Kathy holds an M.A. in Teacher Leadership from St. Mary’s and a B.A. in English Education from SUNY Albany.


3 Responses to “For You by Kathy Moore”

  1. Cathy Lodico Says:

    I just read this. It counts as my morning prayer. Thank you for a beautiful start to my day.

    1. eduk8te Says:

      Thank you Cathy. I like the idea of poetry and prayer working together!

  2. eduk8te Says:

    Thank you Cathy. I like the idea of poetry and prayer working together!

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