Twirling images


Twirling is

Me (Meres-Sia) twirling at three. My mom painted this image inspired by a photograph of me spinning. I wrote the poem beneath it when I was ten.

The Poem
under the rainbow
there is a pot of gold
i am told
but you have to be
ten years old

so take a trip
through your mind
you will find
is a pot of gold

Yoruba: Nine Centuries of African Art and Thought

Masquerades for the ancestors are known as egungun, “powers concealed.” In this type of masquerade called Onidan, “owners of miracles,” an Onidan egungun whirls and transforms from one appearance to another through the inversion of its cloth. At the completion of the miracle, its appearance is tranformed as the cloth has reversed inside out.

(my mother sketched this)

The Whirling Ladies of Brazil                                  

Haitian Dancers Twirl

Whirling Dervishes

West African Dancers jump and twirl

Chakras spin

Twirling can also be…

the beginning
of fall
in love


(I believe this piece is called “Young Love”
if you are the artist, please tell us more about your piece)

Osani circle game

Efé children of the Ituri Forest in Zaire (Rep. of Congo, central Africa) begin the Osani game by sitting in a circle, feet touching, all connected. Each child in turn names a round object like the sun (oi), the moon (tiba), a star (bibi) an eye (ue) and then goes on to name a figurative expression of “round” like the circle of the family, togetherness, a baby in the womb, or the cycle of the moon. As players fail to come up with a term that is “circular” they are eliminated from the game. Eventually, only one remains. Tradition has it that this player will live a long and prosperous life. (from Connecting Dotz website)

Twirling is “manginga.” There is lots of spinning, twirling and unleashing of one’s hidden power (egungun?) in capoeira rodas (“circles.”) Circles inside of circles.

Twirling is circular.


Uh oh! Smoke ahead!  “La vie te reserve des surprises.”

Meres-Sia in Paris, age: 23

Getting ready to twirl!



10 thoughts on “Twirling images

  1. When I looked at all the pictures/drawings of twirling and transformation that you displayed (including two of my drawings – (a smile is on my face)), I thought,

    “Twirling, Whirling is not only scientific, it is universal, spiritual, and harmonious. Twirling to, or unto transformation is part of the natural order of the universe. You’ve put into words/song/poems, and Lara has put into image, the unseeable, the spirit of it, yet real/concreteness of twirling. Good Job. “:0) – mom

  2. by Meres-Sia

    Thanks mom!! I like your comment. It helps me clarify what I’m doing. Since I chose the title of the book mostly on feeling/intuition, I am now working to understand the meaning of what I have created. 🙂

  3. Beautiful!!! I couldn’t be more proud of you! I want a copy, signed of course! Congradulations, I’m so very happy for you! Can’t wait to read it and see all the exotic (or so it seems) pictures.

    Much love,


    • Hi cousin! Thanks for posting here. There aren’t any pictures other than what’s on the cover. It’s a small and powerful book of poems and prose. How are you and the family?

  4. The words, poems, and images used here to describe twirling truly remind me to be the Magician in my own life! I now also have a greater understanding of why I love to grab my skirt and twirl in Haitian dance and why I love to flip and spin in Capoeira. What an inspirational presentation of twirling!

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