For hundreds of years
 the ballet has brought  
 beauty and grace
 to a world sorely lacking.
 There's a catch of breath
 as we watch a ballerina fly,
 almost as though possessed
 by the swan she emulates;
 tears are shed at the poised
 and lithesome flutters in  
 the moment of dying.
 We are nourished
 by the art of movement
 and the stories it tells.
 Other artists have tried
 to capture this blessing  
 on canvas, in photos, or on film,
 but nothing compares
 to living in the moment,
 captured by the  
 music and motion.


~Elise Skidmore ©2021

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