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Dancer

A Journey in Self-Discovery

Story and Images by

Jordan Scott

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Copyright © 2002 by Jordan Scott. 15853-SCOT

ISBN # Softcover 1-4010-6639-9

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted

in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including

photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and

retrieval system, without permission in writing from the copyright

owner.

Book Designer: Kori Klyman, Art Director: Mike Nardone

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This book was printed in the United States of America.


Dancer came from

a strange and beautiful

land. It was a land of sky

and clouds, of long blues

and soft whites.

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And all of the people of this land were Dancers.

They danced with their arms bent and high,

with one leg stretched out

and one thrown back.

They danced during

the cool days,

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and they

danced during the

comfortable nights.

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And their dances made beautiful music.


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Dancer became very good at dancing.

He danced farther and farther from home.

He danced over hills,

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and he danced through streams.

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And he came upon a new land.

It was a land of fiery reds

and burning yellows

and gold.

And there were two suns shining in the day,

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and three moons

glowing in the night.

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And all of the people of this land were Floaters.

They floated up high with their legs

straight underneath them

and their arms stretched-out

to both sides.

They floated under

the bright suns

during the days,

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and they floated

under the moons

at night.

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And when they floated up high

they could catch the tails of comets.

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Dancer tried to float, but he could only dance.

So he stretched out his arms

and straightened his legs,

and announced,

“my name is Floater!”

And he learned to float

under two suns by day,

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and under three moons by night.

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Floater became very good at floating and he

soared very high.

He floated over forests,

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and he floated

over lakes.

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And he came upon a different land.

It was a land of tall forests,

green moss and no sky.


A land of long branches,

thick leaves and strong vines.

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And all of the people of this land were Swingers.

They swung with their hands grasping tight

and their bodies hanging free.

They swung from the branches

during the dim green days,

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and swung from the vines at night.

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And as they swung they could talk to birds.


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Floater tried to swing but could only float.

So he gripped with his hands

and let his body hang free,

and announced, “my name is Swinger!”

And he learned to swing

from the long branches by day,

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and from the strong vines at night.

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Swinger learned quickly

and he swung very smoothly.

He swung over craters,

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and he swung over steaming volcanoes.

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And Swinger came to the scariest land he had ever seen.


It was a land of deep quiet, of darkness and cold.

A land of no colors, with no days and no nights.

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And all of the people of this land were Sleepers.

They lay in silence with no movement

and no dreams.

And their arms and legs were frozen

and their eyes were closed.


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Swinger was very frightened;

he did not want to sleep.


So he swung through the darkness

and swung through the cold.

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But the Sleepers stayed sleeping and did not move.


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Then Swinger called himself Floater

and he floated up high.


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But the Sleepers remained sleeping and did not dream.


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Then Floater remembered

his first name

was Dancer.

And he moved his

arms bent and high,

stretched one leg out

in front and threw

one leg behind.


And he danced the most beautiful of all the dances.

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And he danced around the Sleepers until

one by one they began to glow,

and one by one they began to dream,

and then one by one they began to move.


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And some of them started to swing,

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and some of them started to float,


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and some of them even started to dance.


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And Dancer decided that

he would never stop dancing.


And it was that spirit that gave all the Sleepers life.

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Jordan lives in Chicago, Illinois. He is an artist, designer, and

illustrator. He has written and illustrated several children's books including

Dancer, The Snail and the Whale, and Missouri Blue Boots. He is a graduate

of Indiana University with a degree in Religious Studies. He can be reached

at jdscott@earthlink.net and his work can be seen on-line at jordanscott.net.

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