Pin It

The Dancer's Daughter 

The dancer is expecting and she hopes
her fourteen-year-old daughter will approve.
The young girl anticipates the baby
as you would a root canal, knowing some
poignant, sizzling nerve will disappear,
and with it childhood yanked twice from the womb.

Her mother might pirouette about this,
but the new baby is all counterweight
and bulk-throb, and daughter is lead-footed,
an acrobat. Badly choreographed,
this new flourish is a sheer betrayal,
the second violin leaping in front

in the third movement, tripping her when all
she wanted was backbeat, pause for effect.

Speaking of...

  • Greg Brown at Towne Crier
  • Greg Brown at Towne Crier

    Greg Brown performs at the Towne Crier in Beacon on January 13.
    • Jan 1, 2017
  • Modfest at Vassar College
  • Modfest at Vassar College

    Don't miss Vassar's Modfest running from January 26 through February 5.
    • Jan 1, 2017
  • Poem: Deserted Garden

    A poem by 8 year old following a writing prompt: “Your soil is only rocks and glass...”
    • Jan 1, 2017
  • More »
  • The dancer is expecting and she hopes her fourteen-year-old daughter will approve.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

Hudson Valley Events

submit event

Latest in Poetry

More by Naton Leslie

  • Book Review: What You Call Winter

    Nalini Jones’s debut collection suggests James Joyce’s The Dubliners. All of Joyce’s choice themes are here: lost innocence, alienation, dislocation, and a struggle with Catholic identity.
    • Oct 29, 2007
  • More »

Hudson Valley Tweets