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Her Feet Are Her Fortune

by Cliff Hanger 

Posted: 10 June 2016
Word Count: 93
Summary: Thought I'd bash something together.


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Her Feet Are Her Fortune
 
Miss Cassells has no children and
one hundred children.
She rises early en pointe to 
grip the ancient splintered barre, 
long, grey locks pulled back into
a tight knot.
 
Sleek as a Bengal cat, she awaits the exquisite
glow of starlight refracted through another.
 
She curses the heels of her new red shoes.
Achilles at fault for growing so tight,  
neat feet mauled by the endless pretence of thistle down.
 
One, two, three. One, two, three.
Her protégé will be mid-audition now.
Relevé, relevé.
There is always hope.






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V`yonne at 15:00 on 11 June 2016  Report this post
That's very nice work.

I love

Sleek as a Bengal cat, she awaits the exquisite
glow of starlight refracted through another.

i think you could have a more general feel here

neat feet mauled by an endless pretence at thistle down

I hate to use a pun but this has feet... I can see you working in a few pliees etc an entre-chat, a pas de deux and even making a series of ballet poems? Because you seem to know what you're talking about and a series of poems for one two and three dancers would be a great little project and one I'd be interested in for the mag because I know Mari8e loves dance too.

See what the others have to say. Now I have to say that the next two weeks while my sister ios here with me I may not get on to the site much if at all but think about it.

crowspark at 17:05 on 12 June 2016  Report this post
Oh yes, a very nice poem.

I love this, although don't entirely understand it:

Sleek as a Bengal cat, she awaits the exquisite
glow of starlight refracted through another.


Is this a play on the word "star" hoping her pupils will show the light of promise?

I once shared a house with ballet dancers from Rose Bruford College and remember their poor feet. So much pain to achieve such grace.

Bill

Cliff Hanger at 10:41 on 14 June 2016  Report this post
Hi Bill

Thanks for commenting. Yes.That's exactly what it is. I might need to clarify it a little. What do you think?

Beauty and pain in equal measure. That's ballet.

Jane

 


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