Essence of a Ballerina

Updated on June 16, 2020
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Lorna is a published writer with a particular interest in narrative poetry, which she finds therapeutic.

Tchaikovsky’s shadow held its breath

In a symphony of musical notes

Creating a barely audible ripple

As you glide across the floodlit stage

Embracing the spirit of Swan Lake


The sophistication of poetry in motion

In a graceful dance of controlled energy

Captivating the audience with an illusion

Suspended in the realms of light and joy

Defined by the intricacies of an arabesque


Tales of myth and legend are witnessed

Within the beauty of love’s sweet lyrics

Told through the tilt of a swanlike neck

Enhanced by the tips of delicate fingers

Woven into a dialogue of unspoken words


An earthly craft honed to perfection

By a gifted artist’s endless obsession

Caught up in a crazy pirouette of pain

Held captive by a regime of dedication

Hidden behind a mask of endurance


Basking in the endless adulation

Reflected in a myriad of encores

Held in a bouquet of blood red roses

Witness to the many sacrificial thorns

Staged behind your final curtain call

© 2020 Lorna Lamon

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    • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorna Lamon 

      3 weeks ago

      Yes this phrase does refer to that physical pain Olusegun which we don't always realise when the Ballerina in on stage. I appreicate your lovely comments and glad you enjoyed this poem.

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      OLUSEGUN 

      3 weeks ago from NIGERIA

      This word, "pirouette of pain", is a wonderful description of a person passing through pain, at least physical one. Beautifully written.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      6 weeks ago

      Thank you Mark I appreciate the lovely comment. Take care.

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      Mark Tulin 

      6 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

      The poem as lovely and elegant as the ballerina herself.

    • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorna Lamon 

      6 weeks ago

      Thank you Brenda, your comments are always so generous. Take care.

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      6 weeks ago from Washington Court House

      Lorna,

      I guess poetry can be like the ballerina dance.

      At least in your case...your words are so elegantly beautiful and soft spoken.

      Great writing.

    • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorna Lamon 

      6 weeks ago

      Thank you for your lovely comment Jusmi - appreciated.

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      Jusmi Saikia 

      6 weeks ago from Bangalore, India

      It's a beautiful piece..❤️

    • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorna Lamon 

      7 weeks ago

      Thank you for the lovely comment Louise - I'm glad you enjoyed this poem. Take care.

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      Louise Powles 

      7 weeks ago from Norfolk, England

      I really enjoyed reading your poem of a ballerina, Lorna. Beautifully told. :)

    • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorna Lamon 

      7 weeks ago

      You see very clearly the picture I am trying to portray. In this case it was the pain of the dance, which we do not think about when we are watching the ballet. Thank you for your kind comments Sowspeaks which I always appreciate.

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      sowspeaks 

      7 weeks ago from Bengaluru

      Hi Lorna, so delicately beautiful this poem is , so like the ballerina herself. And you are no less than the ballerina herself with the tight controlled words coming out of the tips of your delicate fingers and captivating us.The pain and hardwork was so poignantly portrayed that for a brief second i glimpsed your own pain...was it an illusion or ??

    • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorna Lamon 

      7 weeks ago

      Thank you for the lovely comment Shaloo - appreciated.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      7 weeks ago from India

      Such beautiful use of imagery!!

    • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorna Lamon 

      7 weeks ago

      Thank you for the lovely comments Umesh - appreciated.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      7 weeks ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Nice depiction. Well presented. Enjoyable poetry.

    • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorna Lamon 

      7 weeks ago

      Such a beautiful comment from someone whose work I admire. Thank you Ivana - I appreciate it.

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      Ivana Divac 

      7 weeks ago from Serbia

      This poem is absolutely marvelous. Your talent is without measure, Lorna!

    • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorna Lamon 

      7 weeks ago

      As I only ever use one picture I like to ensure that it represents the poem as much as possible. I am delighted you enjoyed this poem Anupam and your comments are always so uplifting. Bless you.

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      Anupam Mitu 

      7 weeks ago from MUMBAI

      Lorna dear, from where do you get such pics?

      Oh my God! I loved this burning rose so much, I stared at that for a few minutes.

      Excellent work of an artist.

      And what to say about the poem

      I loved your last stanza

      Getting deep into heart as a part of that

      Lots of love

    • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorna Lamon 

      7 weeks ago

      Good to see you Jason and I'm delighted you enjoyed this poem. Lovely and insightful comments which are always appreciated.

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      Jason Nicolosi 

      7 weeks ago from AZ

      Beautifully told story about a ballerina's dedication and love for the art of dance. I could feel the pain and joy that the ballerina earned from the performance. Wonderfully described. Reading it was like eating chocolate fudge cake. Rich and delicious. Nice job Lorna.

    • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorna Lamon 

      7 weeks ago

      Such a lovely experience Denise to have danced Swan Lake. I tried to bring out the beauty and the pain of the ballet. Thank you for your kind comments, appreciated as always.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 weeks ago from Dubai

      Exquisite! You have brought out the beauty of being a ballerina so well with your well-crafted words. The picture truly represents the poem, beautiful poetry.

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      Denise McGill 

      7 weeks ago from Fresno CA

      You captured it perfectly. I remember blisters and bleeding toes but still, I danced. I was so privileged to have danced the Swan Lake once. That was long ago when I was just a teen. The music carries you on its wings and you forget for a moment you aren't really a swan. Beautiful poetry.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Lorna Lamon 

      7 weeks ago

      I'm so glad these images came through in the words of the poem Dora and more importantly you enjoyed it. Thank you for the lovely comments.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      7 weeks ago

      They do seem to float on air Peggy almost surreal. I'm glad you enjoyed this poem and thank you for the lovely comments.

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      I sense the sound of the music, the image and emotional properties of the dance, even the applause affirmed by the "blood red roses." Excellent poetry.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Ballerinas seem almost to float on air at times. Your poem was particularly lovely in describing the "essence of a ballerina."

    • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorna Lamon 

      7 weeks ago

      I'm so glad you enjoyed this poem Chitrangada and I appreciate your lovely comments. Take care.

    • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorna Lamon 

      7 weeks ago

      Thank you Mary for your generous comments which are greatly appreciated. Take care.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      7 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautifully expressed poem. It seems that I am actually watching it. You painted a beautiful picture, with your well crafted poem.

      ‘The sophistication of poetry in motion,

      In a graceful dance of controlled energy—-.’

      Lovely composition. Thanks for sharing.

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      Mary Borges 

      7 weeks ago from San Diego, California

      You captured the essence of a dancer with your descriptive prose in a captivating way, as you always do. I truly enjoy reading your poetry and am so glad that I found your work online. Keep on writing.

    • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorna Lamon 

      7 weeks ago

      Lovely to see you Linda and thank you for the lovely comments - appreciated.

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a great description of a ballerina, Lorna. I love the originality, too. The thought of Tchaikovsky's shadow holding its breath is lovely.

    • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorna Lamon 

      8 weeks ago

      Lovely to see you Shreya and thank you for the kind comments which I appreciate.

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      Shreya MK 

      8 weeks ago

      The way you described it's just stupendous.

    • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorna Lamon 

      8 weeks ago

      I truly appreciate the way you capture the essence of all my poetry Lora, and touched at your lovely comments. Thank you, it is greatly appreciated.

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      Lora Hollings 

      8 weeks ago

      How beautiful and graceful are your words to describe one of my favorite art forms, Lorna. I felt as if I were gliding across the stage with this prima ballerina and I could hear the wondrous score of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Your words flow as effortless as the ballerina’s movements and enrapture us in a state of awe. Exquisite writing.

    • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorna Lamon 

      8 weeks ago

      I have always enjoyed the ballet John, however, did not become a ballerina. Music has always been a big part of my life. I was hoping this poem would create these images in the mind, and delighted that it did. Always appreciate your comments John - thank you.

    • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorna Lamon 

      8 weeks ago

      I was hoping to create a ballet in the mind Eric or dreams. Thank you for the lovely comments - appreciated.

    • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorna Lamon 

      8 weeks ago

      I'm glad you enjoyed this poem Mary and the images it created. Thank you for your lovely comments which I always appreciate.

    • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorna Lamon 

      8 weeks ago

      I am touched by your kind comments Pamela and delighted that this poem brought the ballet alive for you. Thank you for visiting, appreciated as always.

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      John Hansen 

      8 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Lorna, the descriptions and feeling in your poem is amazing. You make the reader feel as though they are really watching a performance. Did you do ballet at some stage. A combination of beauty and sacrifice for the craft. I love Tchaikovsky too.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Beautiful and dreamy

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      Mary Norton 

      8 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

      I read through your poetry, the image of the ballerina dancing delicately and intricately passes through my mind. You have created a strong image that I enjoyed.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      As I read your poetry I can almost hear the music and see the ballerina. Your write such beautiful poetry, Lorna. I always love reading your poetry.

    • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorna Lamon 

      8 weeks ago

      Lovely to see you Farrah and I agree they are poetry in motion. Thank you for commenting.

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      manatita44 

      8 weeks ago from london

      She did, yes and had a tireless urge for self-transcendence ... for progress through a gift given by the divine and one of which she seemed very conscious.

    • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorna Lamon 

      8 weeks ago

      I believe that many Russian ballerinas were stifled as due to the regime they could not fully express themselves. I'm glad I was able to convey their pain as well as their beauty. Thank you for the generous comments Ann, which I appreciate.

    • Lorna Lamon profile imageAUTHOR

      Lorna Lamon 

      8 weeks ago

      I'm so glad you enjoyed this poem Rosina and yes the life of a Ballerina can be difficult. However, the ballet is a beautiful mix of movement and music - quite special. Thank you for the lovely comments - appreciated.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      8 weeks ago

      I believe Plisetskaya danced Swan Lake - a true artist indeed. However, she was stifled by the Russian ballet and longed to be free of its constraints. The ballet has always moved me and I hope this poem does it justice. Thank you for the lovely comments Manatita, appreciated as always.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      8 weeks ago

      The practice sessions can be brutal Liza, however, the end result is truly amazing. I'm glad you enjoyed this poem and thank you for the lovely comments.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      8 weeks ago

      I also love the ballet Liz, it has the perfect mix of music and dance, beautifully performed.Thank you for your lovely comments.

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      Liz Westwood 

      8 weeks ago from UK

      You have really captured the scenes well in this poem. It takes me back to past visits to the ballet.

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      Liza 

      8 weeks ago from USA

      I have very little knowledge of ballerinas. However, I have watched a movie about it and saw how they were training and getting ready for their performances. Thanks for the beautiful poem, and I love the photo!

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      manatita44 

      8 weeks ago from london

      Did you know that words are, or can be like Plisetskaya? They dance and sing ... soar like Nureyev and whisper to the moon. (Smile) Now let me look at your poem.

      An immaculate piece, like the ballerina herself, blending with the swan and doing the impossible with grace, poise and magic. I wrote a piece about Plisetskaya. I must write another. Feeds my soul.

      Now some artists are 'obsessed' yes, but the true maestros know instinctively, that they are searching for a self-transcendence as ordained by the Master Weaver Itself. An exquisite piece!

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      Rosina S Khan 

      8 weeks ago

      Thank you, Lorna, for this poem about an enduring Ballerina. I simply loved it and read it twice more to enjoy it fully. I especially liked the following lines:

      Tales of myth and legend are witnessed

      Within the beauty of love’s sweet lyrics

      Told through the tilt of a swanlike neck

      Enhanced by the tips of delicate fingers

      Woven into a dialogue of unspoken words

      Lovely poem indeed!

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      Ann Carr 

      8 weeks ago from SW England

      Absolutely beautiful. Apart from the dedication, pain and endless routine and practice, there were many Russian ballerinas who fought the system of an oppressive regime. This against that background is so powerful.

      Ann

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      Farrah Young 

      8 weeks ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      Ballerinas ate beautiful! There gracefulness and lithe movements are always fun to watch.

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