Watching

There--do you see?
How, arching her back,
she stretches a limb(song long without words)
into each dimension
?

These people
with their flying gestures,
their lithe, shifting legs...

Such people!

For all that they look to be composed
solely
and so gorgeously

of breath and fingertips,

how much more space
each occupies in this universe
than I.

[Scribbling from the first intermission of the San Francisco Ballet's performance this afternoon.]

13 comments:

Q 3/22/2009 7:08 PM  

I knew it was about ballet from the third line. Wonderful.

Bridey 3/22/2009 7:19 PM  

You have some serious talent!

Maya Ganesan 3/22/2009 7:43 PM  

^ I couldn't agree more with Bridey. And this is so pretty, cuil. I really like it.

pinkapplecore 3/22/2009 7:58 PM  

that was really really good!! I love it!!!

Priya 3/22/2009 8:33 PM  

I especially love the descriptions in this.

odessa 3/22/2009 9:04 PM  

"of breath and fingertips" -- i love this! and yes, that's exactly how ballerinas appear to me.

this is lovely, you have such a talent for playing with line breaks.

Summermoon 3/22/2009 9:23 PM  

Beautiful.

Cassandra 3/22/2009 9:23 PM  

Wow, this is beautiful. For serious.

Also, I'm slightly jealous that you got to go to the ballet. I haven't been in years...

Erin 3/23/2009 8:36 AM  

Love this--it makes me happy somehow.

Beth Kephart 3/23/2009 4:08 PM  

Go ahead. Break my heart.

Edge 3/23/2009 10:54 PM  

wow. just...wow.

cuileann 3/24/2009 12:05 AM  

Q, Bridey, Maya, PinkAppleCore, Priya, Summermoon, Erin, Beth, Edge -
Thank you so much taking the time to leave such encouraging comments. :) I am so grateful to have you reading what I write...

Odessa - Thank you! I am really glad that the "breath and fingertips" line strikes you as right. I went through rather a lot of nouns trying to get that phrase satisfactory.

Cassandra - Thank you. :) My mom and I have a very excellent tradition of going to the ballet once a year. You shall have to attend a performance when you come up to SF!

Julia 6/11/2010 10:14 AM  

oh wow. go ahead, make me cry.

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