Saturday, 8 December 2018

A Ballet

A Ballet:
Forbidden Love
Act 2, scenes 1 and 2

Epoch 1872: mid summer’s eve
Setting:  glade in ancient woodland
Principals: Ballerino with Prima Ballerina

And now, the Stradivarius begins.
With such graceful fluidity you glide;
I slide forward, in awe of your beauty.
Oh, ballerina, the dance lives for you.

Heavy hearted, and with arms open I’m
seduced by your arabesque, arms allongé
reaching for clouds that scurry across a
true love on this warm celestial night.

A symphonic cacophony, then hush . . .
The violin leads your adagio.
My heart falters, ragged in peasant clothes.
Sadly, I ask, ‘is this to be your swan song?’

Coquettishly, you tilt your head, listen,
the piccolos tune frees you from the trance;         
and the Stradivarius plays with gusto.
“Dear Ballerino, forever we shall dance.”

Curtain call

Julian Clarke © 2018

Linked to Poets United


  1. Great to see you're back, Julian. This is a very atmospheric piece. I love the line, My heart falters, ragged in peasant clothes. Pure poetry!

    1. Thank you, Richard. Much appreciated as always.

  2. Who could refuse a coquettish invitation to dance forever?

  3. "the dance lives for you"
    Ah perfection. The lover has certainly found his mate as the poet his muse

    Happy Sunday Julian


  4. Oh, this is lovely, I saw her so clearly. I love "Dear Ballerino, forever we shall dance." Glorious!

  5. What a sweet poem!! We will dance forever!

  6. This is a poem to savor and to picture! I feel the rhythm here.

  7. It's so good to read you again, Julian 💞 I enjoyed this especially; "Coquettishly, you tilt your head, listen, the piccolos tune frees you from the trance."💞


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