NEVER NEVER NEVER.
Here's the pose:
Kaelinie suddenly freezes, in a position that looks almost physically impossible to hold, seemingly in defiance of the very laws of gravity, then her arms spread wide, her eyes open, gazing unseeing into the sky, hands open and lightly cupped, as if grasping the very firmament of the sky. Her mouth opens, and a single pure note is uttered and held, before trailing off into silence... and then the dance begins anew, the Great Dance, the Frightful Dance. The whirling Dance of Time, her movements now rapid and sinuous, like the striking snake and the darting fish, so swift and so sure that it seems almost as if there were two or more of her performing at once, as she spins and swirls in joyous abandon, abandoning the fallacy of self for the truth of the infinite void, surrendering herself to the ultimate expression of the deepest truths, to the void itself. The monk performs the dance normally only performed in the most awesome of ceremonies on her homeowrld, to honor and propitiate the spirits of the shrine.
What does this pose boil down to?
Kaelinie pauses a moment in a difficult-looking stance- then falls back into the dance at breakneck speed.
Why did it need to be THAT MANY WORDS to say this? Why were so many needed?
One of the other folks in the scene paged me with "Cease To Do The Dance Of Shame".
For those of you who write fiction or who roleplay online: more words do not create more importance. My favorite Ernest Hemingway line follows:
'Would you do something for me now?'
'I'd do anything for you.'
'Would you please please please please please please please stop talking?'