Terpsichorean Butterfly


Your simple pose, is breathtakingly explicit
You shan’t fear worlds beyond the uncharted curtain.
Trust in your legs and your body’s coefficients,
And applause, my graceful dove, is yours, I’m certain

When the first chair cellist, summons her bow and string,
And the world unveils a pantomime for the flesh
You catch those butterflies beneath your chest, and sing
With your emotions like a Dreamcatcher, enmeshed.

Your petticoat melts to you, taut against your skin
Your tegument shimmers with glitters and oils
As you float effortless, like a butterfly’s wing,
The benefits will show from your arduous toils.

The crowd will be enraptured, by your lithe figure
How your body moves like water through the ocean
Your soul cascades and your beauty causes shivers,
The Terpsichore you gambol to, brings emotion.

Tremulous and petite like hung sycamore leaf,
you glide inches above the proscenium stage.
The backdrop hued with cherry pleats and plantar grief,
Your tip toes become the feet of a tiger’s rage.

And swift as tigers you partake that oaken stage
A host of angels tenanting the theatre seats
Amid the playhouse arch a spotlight roars, engaged,
your heart in union with orchestral notes and beats

You dance with strokes of lightning, limpid mid the clouds
Airy and swift, with contrast strength, you conquer shade.
Shed your coy flesh, and let your heart throb for the crowd
Intrepid petite, it is time for you to play.

Paul Neglia

Paul Neglia

Proud father of 3. Part time writer of poetry and short stories. I want to paint the world in but a few words.
Paul Neglia

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Paul Neglia

Proud father of 3. Part time writer of poetry and short stories. I want to paint the world in but a few words.

10 thoughts on “Terpsichorean Butterfly

  • May 10, 2017 at 9:31 AM

    Wow – what an amazing descriptive journey into the world of dance – nice job!

    • May 16, 2017 at 7:16 PM

      Thank you so much Ralph, i have 2 girls in dance and we are getting close to their recital. I am hopeful that both will become the accomplished ballerina. Thank you again

  • May 10, 2017 at 1:55 PM

    Such a beautiful rendition of a graceful dancer. Your words provide the vivid image of her perfection. Well done, Paul. I love it.

    • May 16, 2017 at 7:17 PM

      Im so glad you enjoyed this Phyllis. I envisioned my 2 daughters blossoming into quite the ballerinas when i wrote this. Thank you again

  • May 10, 2017 at 3:39 PM

    Beautiful Paul, and so vividly created. Not only capturing the beauty of a dancer’s grace, but also her undeniable strength. You took me back to the stage, a place a rarely revisit. A graceful and exceptional piece. Thank you for taking me there.


    • May 16, 2017 at 7:20 PM

      Thank you so much Mel. The beauty of a dancer so graceful and sleek. I have 2 daughters in dance right now and envisioning the words for this piece i had many encouragements watching,them practice for their recital. Thank you so much again Mel.

  • May 11, 2017 at 9:09 PM

    Paul, beautifully penned with stark imagery and unique phrasing to fashion thoughts of dance and the beauty therein. Wonderful poetry my friend.

    • May 16, 2017 at 7:21 PM

      Thank you Tony. Watching my kids dance was the encouragement i needed to write this. Thank you again my friend.

  • May 23, 2017 at 5:10 AM

    Beautiful, young bard. Just beautiful!

    • May 23, 2017 at 6:04 AM

      Why thank you sir. Much qppreciation.


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