November 3: “Salome” by Day Williams


I learned to dance once I could walk
And stirred men’s hearts north, south, east, west–
Jerusalem’s High Queen of Dance

Was I; in rooms the people talked
And told their friends that I was best:
I put admirers in a trance.

Called to dance before the King,
I twirled and did what Mother wished:
I bowed and lowered eyes and asked
The king, who had an oath to keep.

I whirled in ever-smaller rings.
A guard brought in–blood on a dish–
The Baptist’s head, a thankless task . . .
What have I done? How can I sleep?

~Day Williams


“Dance of Salome,” (c.1910), Leopold Schmutzler

April 24: Dancing

Day Williams created this graphic depiction of this date.
April 24

When Pharaoh’s horses with his chariots and horsemen went into the sea, the LORD brought the waters of the sea back over them. But the Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground. Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women followed her with tambourines and dancing. Miriam sang to them:
“Sing to the LORD, for He is highly exalted; He has thrown the horse and its rider into the sea.”
–Exodus 15:19-21

David was dancing with all his might before the LORD wearing a linen ephod. He and the whole house of Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of the ram’s horn.
–2 Samuel 6:14-15

Again I will build you so that you will be rebuilt,
Virgin Israel.
You will take up your tambourines again
and go forth in joyful dancing.
–Jeremiah 31:4