Magazine, website & books written by teens since 1989

The Dance This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

Custom User Avatar
More by this author
I always watched my parents dance.
I can barely remember a time
When
My mother,
Fluid and graceful,
Would caress my father's cheek in her hand.
My father
Would embrace her
And with strong, steady footsteps
Guide her across the dance floor
Of life.
He would spin her 'round and 'round
She looked like a graceful swan
Twirling in her ruffly white dress.
He would let her spin, enthralled
By her beauty.
And he loved her.

But I can clearly remember the time
She spun farther and farther away
Until he was clasping her fingers
Trying to hold on
His face echoing his frustration
But she wouldn't come back.
Finally
In anger
My father let go
And stalked off the dance floor
Saying,
“I can't do this anymore.”
My mother
Stumbled and fell
And looked at me
With hollow,
empty
eyes.
A fallen swan now.

I look away
Close my eyes
And try to remember
The beginning of the dance.
Only to find
I can't.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




Join the Discussion


This article has 4 comments. Post your own!

RosaDarling said...
today at 12:51 pm:
I loved this poem!.The dance analogy was great and i think the structure is really flowing.Thanks for sharing!
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
IAmWhoIWantToBeThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Apr. 26, 2012 at 3:36 am:
The emotions spilled all over the poem. And I love the creativity and the imagery. I love how you compare dance to your parents' relationship. Also, kudos for the last part where you captures the effect in the minds of those parents' children. Great job! No wonder this got into the magazine!!!
 
wordlover27This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 28, 2012 at 2:29 am :
Thank you :) I wrote this poem during an emotional time for my family, so became such an effective image for expressing my feelings
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
SunkistKisser said...
Aug. 24, 2011 at 8:19 pm:
Beautiful! I love the imagry and the way your eyes just flow down the words. Good job!!!
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
Site Feedback