Dance, then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he —
(Words by Sydney Carter; traditional Shaker tune, Simple Gifts)
For some reason this sculpture (photographed at the annual Wesleyan Potters Craft Fair and Show) made me think of the lilting Shaker song, “Lord of the Dance,” which has become one of the “signature” tunes for Michael Flatley and the Irish step dancers of Riverdance .
And then I came upon this YouTube video of an over-the-top, hyperactive, besequinned Michael Flatley — a dead ringer for the devilish sculpture —
(To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a, let us say, more appropriate manner? check out a younger, mellower, more truly lordly Michael Flatley, on view, with lots of toe tapping rhythm, on Touch2Touch.)