Traveling Gypsy

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Erin LeFey

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I see the wormhole starting to form way ahead of me.

My old Gypsy bones, they ache and they rattle

My stars unaligned, spell of new fortune

Resist not my child, the gods often prattle

Camp musicians they fire a wild mystic tune

So I light the incense, feel the beat of the music

And dance

Spread open wide, my magic traveling bag

I just dance

With my tambourine and bells round my hips

I just dance

Hair flowing long, smile on my face

I just dance

Tossing my wares into that red velvet purse

Clearing the clutter from out of the space

Take every blessing, dismiss every curse

Funny what madness time can erase

So I light the candles, feel the heat of the spirits

And dance

Spread my arms open wide, twirling round in space

I just dance

Burning sweet sage, drumming old ghosts away

I just dance

Dress catching the air, smile on my face

I just dance

My journals, notes, the letters, and spells

My pictures and memories of years gone by

All secrets that my heart has kept well

Will stay with me til the day that I die

So I close my bags, feel the energy of this space

And I dance

Spread my heart open wide, toward my new place

I just dance

Dousing these flames, taking old ghosts away

I just dance

I bow to this place, walk away with a smile on my face

As I dance away…

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

My wife is the dancing gypsy. Ok, not a gypsy maybe, but a Latina dancer, for sure!

Beautiful work!

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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Wow... Nice poem, Erin. I am glad to know this from you. Well done and you got my VOTE. Cheers...


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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author

Hi Will, How lucky you are! We gypsy's sure are a romantic lot! Brightest Blessings.

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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author

Prasetio, Its so good to see you again! thanks for the vote and so glad you enjoyed it!

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babasanju 5 years ago from India

@Erin I learned a few words and loved the poem. I am not good at dancing but certainly love the Gypsy life style and love to see people dancing with full of energy putting rest of the world aside.

Since poem is on dance. Allow me to talk about LORD SHIVA(The Lord of Dance--The most worshiped God)in Hinduism. He is a cosmic dancer who performs his divine dance to destroy a weary universe and make preparations to start the process of creation. In addition he too is said to be living in HIMALAYA with his wife PARVATI.

I think its a great way to know our oneness. And it keeps us healthy.

So keep Dancing, keep hubbing and teach me a few steps as well :-)

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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

I would rather dance than eat any day. I can remember dancing preschool. I love your poetry. Shake them tambourines!!!!!

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ahorseback 5 years ago

Erin , dance your way into this simple Irish boys world and you will own the servant within , he will fetch your wagon , your water ....and your travelers dreams...Awesome.

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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author


My favorite band Kiva has a few songs that I love to dance to about Shiva and Parvati! They have lots of songs that are great for dancing - they are a local band that celebrates all religions though, its been so long since I've seen them. You can hear parts of their songs if you want to on

Thanks so much for visiting and commenting, I love when you stop by to teach us more about Hinduism and your culture. Brightest Blessings my friend!

Ruby, my sister - thanks so much, its been a while since I've written any poetry hasn't it? Yes the gypsy came back and she's dancing - that's a good thing. I haven't danced since ...Woodstock LOL :) Love ya

ahorseback, I would love to come dancing into Ireland, but those are the world's greatest dancers, in my of my best friends does that Irish dancing and I love to watch it! As for traveling to dance my way into your! was that you in my dreams last night? brightest blessings!

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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

Erin - Voted up and beautiful! I have often envisioned what it would be like to be a beautiful gypsy, carefree and magical, and this poem sums it up. Quite have a knack for poetry! (By the way, I just recently wrote a whole hub on gypsies and their culture).

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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author

Hello Kitty! (no pun intended)

thank you so much for visiting! the life of a gypsy was hard - not always so beautiful and magical and musical, but I try to capture that spirit. I will go and read your hub which I'm sure is more about the day to day life of gypsies today? Everything of course, is all in how you look at it, our lives can be a burden, plain, lovely or magical - its all in how we choose to frame them! I choose to take mine and make it into a never ending fairy tale which I am dancing through. Its hard enough as it live it. Why not string your life together as a series of adventures and dance from one to the other?

brightest blessings!

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ahorseback 5 years ago

Erin , Did you ever see the movie{modern} "The Travelers"

modern day gypsys. Good movie.!..:-}

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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author


I haven't seen it, but I will certainly look for it! Thanks for the recommendation. I last encountered real gypsies when I was over in Europe in Bavaria. Nothing like my poems and fairytales by day - just trying to feed their families. They'd go to the fields after the big machinery had been through and see what they could take home. I would have loved to stop and talk with them but there were rumors of highway robberies and I didn't speak the language. I have a friend from Hungary who has told me stories about the gypsies there too. I find it tragic but no less tragic than what we have going on in our own poor towns all across the US.

Families who follow work, food, shelter but fly under the radar as they tend to stay away from the cities and therefore don't benefit from any of those things.

I don't know, I think I'll stick to my romantic view, it seems to suit me best, as I feel I'm a throwback from the fouteenth century anyway! xoxo

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Docmo 5 years ago from UK

Beautifully lyrical and yet profound in wisdom. This dancing gypsy teaches me to 'clear the clutter, take every blessing and dismiss every curse' - what wonderful, wise words, Erin.

Love the poem and especially loved the beginning :

I see the wormhole starting to form way ahead of me.

you are mystical, beautiful and inspiring Gypsy. Long may you Dance.

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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author


Thank you so much - you made me blush. Brightest blessings.

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epigramman 5 years ago

..well I left an adoring comment for you on my new one MY OTHER DEATH ....and yes I have missed you - you went away on a road trip is that right? Well I would certainly like to dance with your Erin after reading something as free and spontaneous and senuous as this but then again I always knew that of you - and thank you for being in my hub life over the past year - you are a good friend and an esteemed colleague - and don't forget to check out my reply to your comment - I am much too shy to repeat it again here. lake erie time 10:43pm

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epigramman 5 years ago

..yet another response waits for you at MY OTHER DEATH!

lake erie time 12:12am

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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author

I'm preparing for a vacation to AZ in sept and I'm so looking forward to the Red Rocks and the Grand Canyon and desert sunsets!m...I feel the need for a tropical vacation but I'm afraid that one will have to wait - I just don't seem to have the time or a vacation buddy at the moment and I just hate traveling alone!

Epi, you're not shy! Not in your writing, nor in your comments! I shall go by your hub again....we're playing tag...and you're it!

patricia G 5 years ago

Hopefully I'll be out of AZ in Sept.. As for my stay here in the desert. SW of Pheonix wasn't as exciting as I would have mad it had I had a vechicle available to me to go places & someone to enjoy it w/me. Blessing's upon your trip & yes U should C the Grand Canyon...

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poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

What you created here is as beautiful and graceful as the dancing you speak of. Thank you for sharing.

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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author

thank you my friend, blessings to you

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Beautiful. One day I will tell you about my gypsy soul.

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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author

Denise, I would love to hear it! I'm realizing that no matter how I want to put down roots, it seems to be the way of the wind and the earth to upend me and keep me I go again...I think more writing will come from the gypsy in my soul. :)

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A brilliant hub and I am so glad I came accross it on my hub reading catch-up day.

I vote up without a doubt.

Take care


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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland Author

Thank you Eiddwen, the gypsy just takes over when she likes. I love when she does. Thanks for your vote. Blessings my friend.

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dghbrh 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Voted up.....its just so beautiful....everybody has a gypsy in the just awaken mine within....full of wondering feelings.....ERIN.....awesome work...keep it up


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Erin LeFey 4 years ago from Maryland Author

Thank you so much, I'm still wandering...I thought I'd reached a place to rest but I've moved twice since I wrote that. So I guess we just continue the dance through life...brightest blessings to you...

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epigramman 4 years ago

Hello Erin just checking in with you to say hello and sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 10:29pm

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Erin LeFey 4 years ago from Maryland Author

Hello Colin, thanks so much for stopping by. Its so good to hear from you again. Take care my friend...

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