This dance is a prayer
a prayer for the earth
and therefore for women.
This is a call for women
to know and believe in the
Holiness of their bodies,
the Sacredness of their dance
and power of their voice.


A prayer for all women
who do not express themselves
who hold themselves back
who do not know their own power
as Creators
as Healers
as Givers of Life.

My prayer is a prayer for women
women who are not allowed to
dance and sing or express themselves
in any way.

A prayer for men who do not believe
that women should dance in public.
My dance is the voice of women
who are trapped in a life where
they have no voice.

My prayer is for young girls
who get sold into marriage
at eight years old to old men
and die at the hands of cultures
who permit such a tragedy
to continue and continue.

My prayer is for young girls who
get sold into sex slavery and contract
illnesses they didn’t even know existed.

My prayer is for these girls
who never have a chance to be girls.
My prayer is for men whose unpunished
violence against women and against the earth
is permitted in this world.

My prayer is a dance for the Earth
My prayer is a dance for Women
My prayer is a call for Women
to Return to the Temple.

~ Zola Dubnikova
Photo: Rachel Brice