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Morgyn Aronyk-Schell: Swallowing Clouds Apprentice

Morgyn Aronyk-Schell: Swallowing Clouds Apprentice

I hope you’re hungry,

Today we’re going to be swallowing clouds- and a few apple slices too, if that’s your thing

Take a deep breath and feel the wispy fluffs dissipate on your tongue 

Dance their way down your throat and lie warmly in your stomach

Fuel for play, 

For contemplation

Nature merging with humans, exploring human nature 

It’s a breezy day, so the clouds don’t rest there too long

They trickle downward and tickle your toes

Propelling you through a room that is new but feels like old 

That’s right, we’re allowed to make mistakes here 

Here, mistakes make right 

A sudden cartwheel disrupts the clouds

Sending them whirling

Every which way

The clouds are ready to make their escape 

They choose the closest exit

Some out the eyes

And we watch with great attention

Some out the ears 

And we listen to the story or the song

Some dissolve, pass right through us, and leave us changed forever

Transform us into a different version of ourselves 

Or a cat

Or Godzilla 

Let’s chase the clouds on their next journey 

If we get lost we can always journey a map to guide us back 

Hop on the musical islands 

Clusters of color and sound and motion 

But do it quick because the floor IS lava 

Set back the clock and charge your magnets 

Because it’s time to get to the bottom of this burning question

Who really owns the sky? 

And does the same person own the clouds too? 

I’ll show 

And I’ll tell

If you too will tell and show

Let’s agree to agree, shall we?

We can unwrap this present moment 

And help each other pick up the pieces at the end 

Blank room

Blank pages

Full room

Full pages 

For now I’m full 

But I know, come snack break, I’ll be ready to swallow more clouds. 


About Morgyn Aronyk-Schell
Morgyn is a Toronto-based dance artist from Edmonton, Alberta who graduated from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre in May 2019. Morgyn has loved getting to know the participants and other facilitators throughout her time as a SCAF, and was inspired, in true Swallowing Clouds fashion, to create a poem for her first blog entry.

About SCAFs
Our Swallowing Clouds™ Apprentice Facilitators (SCAFs) are emerging artists that come from a range of art disciplines. Through our dance-based Swallowing Clouds program, tiger princess dance projects provide a learning experience where our SCAFs can apply their artistic training in a professional dance workspace. In turn, they learn about the intricacies of our Swallowing Clouds™ community literacy and dance program that focuses on the creative process.


Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann

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