Friday, August 4, 2006

Poetry Thursday - Arabesque

The poem was inspired by one of my all time favorite piano compositions, Arabesque No.1, by Claude Debussy. It's a rich, but delicate, non-stop melody, that instantly brings to mind a ballerina executing one graceful arabesque after another.

Light, skittering footsteps
propel her across the stage
her tiny body all grace and air
spinning, floating freely.

Alone she sparkles
long, slender limbs like wings
attitude of strength
beauty beyond compare.

Motion is joy
is flight, is freedom -
dizzying spins, wide leaps
full stops in repose.

The air is charged
with the heat of her movment
her passion ignites
every soul in the room.

Oh, the hours she has toiled
to reach this place
caught in the gaze
of 1000 eyes.

Held in the light
of such love and devotion
their admiration -nourishment
their applause - nectar.
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Blogger Star said...

I knew I could count of you for a great contribution with this week's theme. There are so many of your words I'd like to highlight but by the time I did, the entire poem would be here.

"full stops in repose"
"their admiration -food
their applause-nectar"

Love it, love all of it!

I must add "skittering" to my list of words I love.

Thanks, Becca!

Blogger Star said...

Thanks for adding the free download's beautiful (and I'll bet it sounds beautiful wafting off your fingers).

Blogger paris parfait said...

This poem is beautiful, Becca. You made us see so clearly the work behind the artistry. And for a performer, the all-important applause - yes, nectar. The Debussy piece was one of my favourites to play on the piano. How I miss having a piano!

Blogger Madeleine said...

'Motion is joy
is flight, is freedom -'

I love these lines. this is a beautiful poem. So inspired. You have captured the true beauty of dance and the dancer.

Blogger Susannah said...

nectar... so beautiful.. i loved this B, such a gentle touch..... (and we will drink a glass of wine for you :-) x

Blogger twitches said...

I like the turn here - the inclusion of how much hard work she has put in. And the end is just lovely.

Blogger Tammy said...

I agree with Star, too many great lines. Your passion is shinning though in this beautiful piece. Brava!


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