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These tiny tears and creaking fractures,

tendons pulled taught, strained to a snap.

All for a curve, fingertip to tiptoe,

a line that they will dance in dreams.

Hold on point,

do not let them see,

give them the swan

they wish to be.






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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  1. Glenn Buttkus says

    There was that excellent SHO series, FLESH & BONE, & the great film THE BLACK SWAN; both came to mind while reading your mini-opus. The women I’ve known who were into ballet had weird posture & damaged feet.

    • That can happen, especially as there’s no room to fall behind. I did ballet as a little girl but gave it up when I was about ten. I don’t think I could have coped with the pressure if I’d carried on.

  2. Well done. Great take on this. Ah Swan Lake…..what is so amazing is that the ballet folks (men and women) make it look so effortless. One time I sat in the front row and saw the sweat, the hands quivering while the male held the hand of the female and spun her three or four times….the strain as they held the arabesque, etc. It is indeed an art form that is created for the viewers so that all stress and “work” disappears in a froth of sequins, tutus, feathers and lovely music. Well done!

  3. Ballet dancing 230 Lbs..
    even harder than
    dainty 115 lb
    but still NOW
    often identified
    as a professional
    dancer i am..
    until women
    fall into
    my arms
    and i
    drop them..
    then they
    find out..
    a lesson
    or rule of
    dance for
    me ALL FREE..:)

  4. Love the wording in this and you fixed the ‘drat’ thing so well there’s no way to tell the inclusion of ‘dance’ was a ‘fix’ that occurred after the comments started! Bravo 🙂

    • Thank you. For some reason, perhaps because I did it as a child, ballet has always stuck with me more than any other sort of dance.

  5. Brava! I disabled auto-correct because it kept correcting my Romanji Japanese and making me crazy. Wonderful poem about that hard work of ballet. With season tickets to the ballet, I kept seeing those dancers and some of the beautiful but tortured movements. Great work.

  6. I think ballet is one of those things that you have to suffer a lot to become great at…but then again, what worthwhile pursuit isn’t?

    • It is certainly a worthwhile pursuit but as with anything you have to dedicate a lot of time. I found I had greater loves that ballet and wanted to focus my attention on them, but I sometimes regret not going further with it.

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