What The Audience Doesn't See

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

An assignment from school. I have experience in ballet and had decided to write a poem about it.

What The Audience Doesn't See


The stage is dark:

a single spotlight, a beam on

the padded wooden floor,

midnight sky, a navy backdrop,

against black.

Fish pirouette,

skeletons pas de deux,

fawns jeté,

lions saut de chat,

horses pas de cheval,

the Dying Swan flies her last.


Behind the curtains,

us ballerinas:

calloused feet,

bloody toes crammed into

Blochs or Capezios.

Aching limbs,

forced smiles,

rerunning our dances


What feels like five pounds of makeup,

but is really at least a few ounces,

is packed onto skin,


our costumer frantically

checks the costumes, makeup,

while we work hard to pour our hearts

out to the audiences,

bringing a form of

beauty, hope, peace,

and traditions bring back

Saint-Saen’s « Carnevale des Animaux, »

Prokovief’s “Romeo and Juliet,” “Cinderella,”

Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker,” “Swan Lake,”

“Sleeping Beauty,”

they watch as the stage goes dark yet again,

as crimson curtains draw

closed once more.

Submitted: February 05, 2021

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