Hunter Dasten

Rookie (May 3rd 1987)

A Ballerina's Dance Poem by Hunter Dasten

Her feet float above the stage
as if carried by some unseen force.
From my view among the generally admitted
I can hardly make out the details of her face.
But those graceful movements are so alluring
each subtle step, precise, and all consuming.

She is the most vulnerable of all artists,
performing a dance that demands every emotion soak through her skin.
Each fluid movement pulls from the reservoir of her experience.
Trained from a young age to move agilely across the stage,
bearing the weight of the world upon her shoulders;
My Ballerina has more heart than anyone else on earth.

This reckless transparency, on the stage, is her glory.
Yet in the average corner of existence
this susceptibility to the sun's rays
would leave one suffering the harshest burns.
My Ballerina hurdles from one emotional extreme to another
with the cyclical tensing and relaxing of each muscle.

My Ballerina is a martyr for her art, and a saint among the flock.

Submitted: Monday, July 6, 2009
Edited: Sunday, May 1, 2011

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  • Gold Star - 5,626 Points Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (10/2/2014 8:58:00 PM)

    ballet is very difficult to learn because every movement needs to be precise and in sync with the music...good insightful poem..i love dancing..a ten.. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,626 Points Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (10/2/2014 8:58:00 PM)

    ballet is very difficult to learn because every movement needs to be precise and in sync with the music...good insightful poem..i love dancing..a ten.. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 660 Points Hannah Bp (10/2/2014 5:50:00 PM)

    I really like it. It reminds my friend. Dance is like her life. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,499 Points Kay Staley (10/2/2014 9:27:00 AM)

    Sounds like a story and makes you feel like you were there, but what is the reader supposed to get out of it. How are we supposed to identify with it? Or is it not written for anyone else except for the author themselves? (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 537 Points Deniz Atay (10/2/2014 7:49:00 AM)

    what a wonderful poetry... (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,842 Points Babatunde Aremu (10/2/2014 5:41:00 AM)

    A very nice poem. I like the poem. I will have to study further on the theme. Thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 7,037 Points Frank Avon (10/2/2014 12:29:00 AM)

    Important topic, insightful ideas. I especially like the last line and the image and sibilance of susceptibility to the sun's rays. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Deci Hernandez (10/3/2012 4:32:00 PM)

    i saw a photo of a ballerina that i knew, but i didn't know she was a ballerina until then. what beauty i saw in that photo and now in my friend. That photo was in black and white, but your descriptions of sun and burning, that photo will never be black and white again. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,393 Points Elena Sandu (10/3/2012 12:10:00 AM)

    That is very true, my true respect and admiration for your Ballerina, sir! And for each other ballerina they all are working very hard.
    It may be not the light of stage to keep them going, sir, but maybe the love for beauty, the love for movement, the love for being able to connect music in symmetry with own centers, balance, and words with the tip of their toes, for the love of fly, they can even grow wings: I watch the little kids how hard they try to keep up with the boring abc of warming up. But at the end of the lesson when they are given freedom, oh dear, you can see butterflies and birds, winds and rainbows coming out of them, then years later, here we have grown ballerinas on stage to show the magic of children hearts with well worked body teaching us love. You may see your Ballerina as a martyr sir, I understand...she is not alone, in one way or another, maybe we all have to pay a price if we are given a power of gods: the purest form of inner beauty: power of love. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 33 Points Mark Dillon (10/2/2012 10:13:00 AM)

    What a gracious tribute to a beautiful artist, well written. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Anita Sehgal (10/2/2012 3:22:00 AM)

    great imagery... lovely! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 182 Points Karen Sinclair (10/2/2012 12:58:00 AM)

    A wonderful portrait of the elegance you so appreciate, mind you its hard not to stand in awe when gazing at the petite yet greatest athletes there are... thank you karen (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 71 Points Vipins Puthooran (12/18/2011 12:47:00 PM)

    [G'd choice of words]a well-written poem! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 17 Points John Maxwell (12/17/2011 6:24:00 PM)

    A great insight poem to the Ballerina's Dance movements.
    Abstract in a way. You are very talented. As I read more of your works, I
    will email you as to my thoughts about them. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,652 Points Dave Walker (12/16/2011 3:22:00 PM)

    Really liked it. A good poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sherri Coulter (4/14/2010 11:00:00 AM)

    lovely visual play danced from your fingertips........10! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Elandra Poindexter (2/14/2010 1:23:00 PM)

    that was very beautiful, touching, and also shows an image 10! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Briana Doni (1/31/2010 5:10:00 PM)

    very nice usage of words....i could picture every word i read. very nice.10 (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 334 Points Almedia Knight-Oliver (1/30/2010 4:53:00 PM)

    A beautiful description of the self expression of a ballerina's dance.a 10 (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 127 Points Allemagne Roßmann (1/29/2010 10:22:00 PM)

    I think its a superb write.Hall Of Fame again for you Sir. (Report) Reply

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