For the Love of Degas

Love of Degas
In blue soft pastels she rises in print…

For the Love of Degas


In blue soft pastels she rises in print

her body balanced perfect with colors

a study of performance for lovers

and Degas, no fool, to finish with hint.

A collection of dancers pirouette

to concentrate on body as art form

these studios are safe from outside storm

within his brushstrokes hear a minuet.

To choose to share the world of soft pastel

a mastering of color with crayon

attention to the detail of each blue.

This dancer painted stands like a gazelle

so many different colors to lay on

to every move based on angle of view.


When child’s mother returns to New Orleans

to lie on family plot above the ground

her creole ancestors, without a sound,

will share their spirits and their ways and means.

These are the times when boys begin to draw

to struggle with themselves from draft to draft

and fill their walls with practice of their craft

these recreations of a life they saw.

For when creative spirits find a way

to move from childhood into place of man

upon the waves of drawings thrown to wind.

Escape from pain a way to face the day

they seek a perfection within their plan

their hands extended before they rescind.


For hours I stare upon this painted world

this space I share with my son now thirteen

with energy that I have hardly seen

to fall upon God’s mercy here unfurled.

I wondered how his parents tried to see

beyond the drawings into a young man

his parents fighting forward with a plan

to keep them fed and relatively free.

He chose to share the world in soft pastel

to try to master how to use crayon

through times that made the world seem darkest blue

to draw each ballet move as if gazelle

so many different colors to try on

this shadow where the sun has lost its view.

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My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished seven collections of poetry and plans for more. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

2 thoughts on “For the Love of Degas

  • August 31, 2020 at 4:55 AM

    Jamie, I am a fan of Degas and his delightful paintings of ballet dancers. I especially like “yellow dancer.” This poem was also a delight. Thank you for sharing.


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