primed to dance

"No performance is a perfect performance but some performances allow for the feeling of perfection. Achieving this moment of ecstasy easily validates all the pain and struggle of the art form by taking us (and possibly our audience) for a moment to a world beyond our own." - Wendy Whelan

primed to dance

skyscrper spire
steel and glass
lit like city lights



insane energy
juices flowing

glossy profiles
underlining vignettes
forever opening


Written for:

The Gooseberry Garden
Poetry Picnic Week 23: New York Times Headline Topics

Also written for:

challenge – “possible”

Posted on:

the imaginary garden with real toads

Open Link Monday

Inspired by story: in   New York Times A Dancer Who Can Remember The Giants

Photo Credit:  Costin Radu from  theballetbag

About zongrik

For those of you who do not know the handle "zongrik," that would be Bat-Ami Gordin. Most people call me "Tammy." Bat-Ami means "daughter of my nation" in Hebrew. It's a heavy name to carry around. I answer to either name. I also answer to "mama." Some Basic Things about me: Animal lover, mom, poet/writer, dramatic soprano, photographer, teacher/tutor, CERT/Technician and, oh yeah, aerospace engineer. I consider myself "The Astro-Poet." To learn more about the origins of the word "zongrik" see whats-a-zongrik?

Posted on January 22, 2012, in imaginary garden with real toads, Poetry, Sunday Scribblings, The Gooseberry Garden and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.

  1. Intense.
    Good sense of subject thru the words.
    WoW on the photo…wish I could do that. Sigh.

    Siggi in Downeast Maine

  2. love the image, very cool piece.

  3. imagism poetry is it, fascinating!

  4. Wonderfully intense, Zongrik. The words you’ve chosen are absolutely beautiful.

  5. Brava! As a dancer (my first love), I really appreciate this.

  6. Nothing epic is achieved without that struggle. Lovely.

  7. What a great write! It flows and dances. : )

  8. I can’t decide which moves me more: the intensity of the dancer or the intensity of your description! Well matched, I say!

  9. wow… I agree with ‘thingy’ it flows and dances! … your words were piercing…

  10. love the words “musculature tense.” Although they are doing something they love…they are still tensed and stressed out due to the need of perfection. They aspire to reflect the greatness of skyscraper and shine amongst the stage lights:)
    Thank you for writing this:)

  11. nice write and very cool picture too.

  12. Ballet has to be the hardest art form to master. Your poem contains all the angst of that struggle.

  13. This is awesome to read slowly each word and imagining the movement. The pace and words seem well chosen, in reading flows comfortable with reading breath. Nice closing lines.

  14. loved the taut form and the husbandry of words.

  15. forever opening

    …That is such a wonderful double entendre, an evocation of both the curtain rising on a new dance program, and – reflected by the pose of the ballerina in your illustration – the blossoming of a nocturnal flower.

  16. The choice of words and their placement heightened the tension as the poem concluded with….Opening Night! Well penned.

  17. There’s is such a difficult dance. I feel sorry for the dreadful state it leaves their feet in at the end of their careers but, my goodness, what a dance they do.
    Lovely capture of the power, control and energy it takes to try to achieve perfection in their moves.

  18. You have captured the energy and intensity of the dance so well through your words.

  19. With it’s sparing use of words, columnar structure and precise diction, this piece emanates strength and courage and achievement. I like all that!

  20. Nice flow….playing it like opening night takes a lot of energy and focus ~

    My share:

  21. Great image with your words.

  22. I love this description:

  23. Really cool quote, and your words, sculpted as beautifully and as strongly as the photo. Viva art!!!!

  24. Great photo.Could feel the grind of the discipline and structure invoved …relentess .

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