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Gretchen Leary


This poem was written as part of a poetry prompt by @DversePoets and was written while listening to Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty” Op. 66.

Silvery lights dim down
And the dancers flit away
All but the bella ballerina
As she floats on the tips
Of her satin slippers
To take center stage.

Before a captivated audience
Hushed to an enchanted silence
She stands quite still
Awaiting her prince to
Make his grand entrance

The spotlight grows again
As the prince marches in
His strong strides slow
As he embraces her torso
He twirls her to face him
And softly whispers “Ti Amo”

They dance as one
But both left breathless
Lost in the tempesta of romance
As the music stops-

And the spotlight fades to darkness.

By Gretchen Leary 2012

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