A Study of Flight

Painting and poetry by Julia Cost

I have flown through the night since I was small.

My flight is a breaststroke through the sky
It takes just a few powerful strokes to soar for miles
I skim over trees, leaves brushing my belly
I rush low over the surface of lakes and oceans
The air there is cooler.

I understand this sensation of flying so intimately.
Perhaps it is as practiced as walking

Now studying aerial dance for the first time,
in the short spurts when I manage the freedom of flight,
there is a vivid wave of déjà vu

Today I leapt across an entire wall in a single bound
laughing uncontrollably

This overlap
of dream body and day body
is overwhelming


One Response to “A Study of Flight”

  1. bayareadancewatch

    Congratulations on your new “Dancing in the air…” Ms Cost!! And wonderful painting that matches the colors of earth & sky!

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