Bella Ballerina – A Poem


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

About Gretchen McIntire (formerly Leary)

I am 34 years old, I live in the Raleigh area, and I am writing from the perspective of an individual with Asperger's Syndrome.
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29 Responses to Bella Ballerina – A Poem

  1. Gretchen, this is gorgeous. Very tender.

    • Thank-you so much for taking the time to read my poem. Each poem I write, is almost draining afterwards. I feel like I’ve run a marathon. Listening to classical pieces has truly changed my writing and I love to learn more about each composer and find my own interpretation of their choice of instruments and volume and flow..

      Thank-you again!

  2. jennarooo says:

    It’s very beautiful! It leaves so much to the imagination, especially the last stance. I love your writing!

  3. You’ve certainly captured the ballet dancers perfectly in this. It’s lovely. I usually always write to music in the background. It seems to help the flow.

    • Thank-you πŸ™‚ I tend to capture the essence of love and of anger better than happiness in poetry and I wanted a lighter piece and so Tchaikovsky came to mind and I thought of my trips to the Boston Ballet as a young girl and how amazed I was at their poise. Music does help tremendously with inspiration and with flow.

      Thank-you again

  4. Always a good to write poems to music as like this it frees the imagination

  5. Ruth says:

    ah yes, “ti amo” – what words can possibly hope to compete with those?

  6. Bella, indeed, Gretchen – brava! A beautiful read. K

  7. brian miller says:

    oh this is lovely…i am married to a ballerina…and i have danced with her on stage…it is beautiful to watch and you capture a bit of the magic of it in this…and i like that you gave us the sound track as well…

    • Thankyou for reading it. Most of my newest poetry is connected with a classical piece πŸ™‚ If you click on my Poetry tab (at the top) it’ll give you a quick reference to my poetry and the classical piece it was inspired by πŸ™‚

    • I love the fact that you’ve danced with her on stage. That sounds so romantic!

      • brian miller says:

        ha it was fun…we were just dating then..i actuallyhave several dance credits in college where i danced with her…never would have thought to do that…smiles.

      • I have two left feet but the poem reminded me of watching dance rehearsals at the Boston Ballet (my babysitter and their spouse) were dancers. It was a very long time ago.

  8. Ah, the ‘tempesta of romance’, how lovely. This appealed to the composer in me and you paint a very clear picture of the action. Nicely done!

    • Thank you for reading my poem, it means a lot. Most of my poems are inspired by classical pieces these days. If you click on the Poetry tab on my blog it will list some of my poems and their classical music connection/inspiration. What type of composer are you? πŸ™‚

      • I have composed a Mass and I’m working on an opera. I mostly write contemporary choral and instrumental pieces. I’m a bit experimental :). I’ll be back to check out your poems this week, thanks!

  9. ManicDdaily says:

    Lovely music here – I especially like the strong slow strides of the male ballerina = you really capture his movements. k.

  10. Dan L says:

    Beautiful poem Gretchen – it’s really something. The words just flow together so smoothly and paint such a vivid picture when read. πŸ™‚

  11. Renee Vasquez says:

    love it! makes me want to be a ballerina so I can have a tempesta of romance!! πŸ™‚

  12. Gretchen,
    I could picture the dancers in my mind as I read your poem. Gorgeous!

  13. charityv says:

    I love the musical muse! It’s one of my favorite ways to write!

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