Feet. | Teen Ink


March 31, 2014
By sanddycandy SILVER, Wichita, Kansas
sanddycandy SILVER, Wichita, Kansas
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Stealing a glance away could not be done.
Years of repetition allowed me to know what I could have been missing.
As she filled the stage with grace, there was one place I could not stop staring.
Not a care was given about her expression, the same plastered smile that captured a million.
To what tutu hung on her thin bones. To the bun. To the tiara. To the song which I fell in love, I do not remember.

The curve at the prettiest of elongated lines.
The strength. The foundation. The cherry on top.
Her strength being my weakness, I yearned to see more.
I yearned to love what I could not have. I yearned for work. I yearned for talent. I yearned for a miracle to happen.

Everyday that I slipped on pointe shoes and my feet did not look like Wendy Whelan's,
was a day not worth living.
Because why try if you won't be the best?
And if your feet don't bring tears to someone's eyes then why mess with the rest?

There's a common misconception about dancers that we worry about the prettiest details. The tutus. The buns. The tiaras.
But the ugly truth is just that. We're forced to worry about the ugly.
The over-worn feet. The injuries. The crazy from standing in front of a mirror eight hours a day.
Instead of asking me about my tutu, why not ask why I don't own a pair of flip flops? Why not ask why I hurt non-stop? Why not ask what joint exactly just popped?

To a dancer, the most important thing is her feet.
The power they bring to the floor cannot be beat.
So of all things that can be adored,
I'm the number one fan of Wendy Whelan's feet.

The author's comments:
My entire childhood consisted of my ballet training. So when I decided to throw it all away it was not only a shock to myself but to everybody around me. The first ballet I saw after I quit was the nutcracker I performed in seven times. It was there that I cried my eyes out watching nothing other than my favorite ballerina, Wendy Whelan's feet. As my feet were always my trouble area Wendy's were incredibly inspirational to me.

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on May. 19 2015 at 10:48 pm
NOIZTHIMS GOLD, South Jordan, Utah
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Favorite Quote:
"If your eyes could speak, what... what would they say?" -Max (from "The Book Thief")

I love the personality you bring in your writing. It's a very good form of expression for you. I can see all the little bits of your mind sort of collecting into this train of thoughts.

on Feb. 24 2015 at 5:35 pm
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"The same plastered smile that captured a million" Great line!

on May. 26 2014 at 12:07 pm
WinterRose76 SILVER, Ok., Florida
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Favorite Quote:
Arise and be all that you dream - Flyleaf

I really like how heartfelt and meaningful this poem is. Like _Zavery_ pointed out, it's written on a personal level, which makes it a very special piece. Keep writing! 5/5

on Apr. 9 2014 at 4:53 pm
sanddycandy SILVER, Wichita, Kansas
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Thank you!

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on Apr. 8 2014 at 3:19 pm
HudaZav SILVER, Toronto, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"Nothing is impossible; the word itself says 'I'm possible'!" -Audrey Hepburn

Youre a very gifted and perceptive writer! and i loved the last stanza and the way u perfectly brought the poem to a close. This poem was written at a very personal, deep level, which is not easy to do. Great work!