Patriot Poem: The Ballet

The Ballet

by Aine Moriarty

 

She dances, balancing on her fragile feet

Plies are easy, as are relevés

Working up to the elusive pirouette

 

Her shoes don’t quite fit

She’ll have to buy a new pair

 

She dances, balancing on her fragile foot

She has piqués and chassés squared away

Getting to the elusive pirouette

 

Her new shoes are a bit tight

They’re probably supposed to be that way

 

She dances, balancing on her fragile toes

Jetés and battements come naturally

Almost reaching the elusive pirouette…

 

SNAP!

CRACK!

THUD!

 

Now she’s done it

She got the wrong shoes

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