Now enter child-ballerina,


delicate, pretty

in pink-long-leg ribbon-wrap,

stretchy tights & leotard:


entendre before plie,

            then en pointe:



wibble-wobble             plop,

but will she rise


to try floor-skim: bourree,


or opt, once again,

for just running and jumping

away?  Allegro!  Slender girl


climbing a trellis—


beside the climbing roses,

and looking in the mirror—


sees American Beauty

& a rookie at the barre.