Dejan Stojanovic

Rookie - 18 Points (March 11,1959 / Pec, Kosovo (the former Yugoslavia))

William Butler Yeats - Poem by Dejan Stojanovic

To Helen Vendler

To accomplish the simplicity
Of words that learned how to dance
Without much support from a dancer
Who learned the steps of deserved living
From the vigor of his dancing mind.
Is it a dance or the dancing?
Is it to live or to be lived?
It was not the dancer, but the dancing;
It was not the life, but the living mind;
The truth of living found in dancing.
If he had chosen only to live,
The dance would have been much less lively.

It was the dancer who followed the dance;
The dance, living the dancer's life.


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, February 11, 2010

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 11, 2011


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