Night Cruise By Sonja Mable McClure plus one of her favourites by Percy Bysshe Shelley!

 Night Cruise By Sonja Mable McClure 
A winding excursion
up the canyon
diverting off
unmarked dirt roads.
Our eager bodies
told secrets   
in dark cars.
At the lookout
city lights
blinking below
shooting stars
darting above
hearts racing within—
drunk on love’s elixir.

Love’s Philosophy By Percy Bysshe Shelley

 The fountains mingle with the river
  And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of heaven mix for ever
  With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single:
  All things by a law divine
In one spirit meet and mingle,
  Why not I with thine?—

See the mountains kiss high heaven
  And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
  If it disdained its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth
  And the moonbeams kiss the sea;
What is all this sweet work worth
  If thou kiss not me?
Sonja holds a B.A. in Communication with a focus on news/editorial as well as a minor in English from the University of Utah. She is the author of the full-length poetry collection Shift//Motion that encompasses different themes such as: movement, travel, and nature. Her writings and poetry have appeared in PSPOETS, Pyre Publishing, Paper and Ink, Touchstones, Catalyst, and elsewhere. She is of Finnish descent and is a member of the Finlandia Foundation. Sonja loves attending poetry readings and was delighted to take part in the Utah Humanities Book Festival a few years ago. She’s a nature enthusiast, a dog lover, a coffee connoisseur, and she has a strong sense of wanderlust.

Outside of her love of poetry and literature, Sonja has always had a passion for dancing and music. She started ballet at the age of 6. Over the years, she has studied many dance techniques including modern and jazz. She has performed with several dance groups. In addition, she pursued piano and voice lessons. Later, she discovered belly dance, mesmerized with using different props consisting of fans, veil, basket, finger cymbals, and double swords. Sonja enjoys learning various belly dance styles such as: Egyptian and Turkish but she is most fond of Tribal Fusion and ATS, both which originated in the United States. Connect with Sonja on IG: @sonjasolstice. 

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