I was once a ballerina and other tall tales

swing dancer

did you know I was once a ballerina and a boxer
a journalist and a jouster
and that I intensely dislike
rhymes of any kind
beloved Theodor
always gets a pass
he once told me
I’d go places
you never did
there are more things about me
like the precious items I squirrel
in an old wine box
did you know
I can’t stop my heart
from falling
even when I know
you won’t be there to catch it
I wish you knew more things
about me
then may(be)
I could figure
out just a bit better
and add to my box
of precious things
whose lid
stopped opening
long ago

and no, I didn’t slug wine when I was little
at the time it was blood from cup–I was praying with classmates
(a tiny sip)
but the wine box
came from our basement
where all useful things usually end up
after everyone forgets their usefulness
and I stopped entering churches
when I stopped opening boxes


12 thoughts on “I was once a ballerina and other tall tales

  1. Beautiful work AnnMarie! Hoping you are having a great weekend. I made a new friend from Russia Marta Frant she is nice. She is funny. I made her a blog award and then a song she liked them both. I am so happy I was brave and did those things now I made a new friend. AnnMarie=Number One! 2300 Woo hoo’s for AnnMarie!

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  2. Love this one! Such stream of consciousness of tales…and that box whose lid stopped opening long ago. This is one of those where we wonder how the words flow, popped into the head, and just keep running. Love this peek into the ballerina-not! 🙂 Well done…….and happy sunny Sunday to you!

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  3. Now this sketch brings back memories of Fine Arts Studio in college. It represents the beginning of a pencil/charcoal/conte crayon drawing for me. Nice work my talented friend!


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