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Music-box Ballerina MAG

By Hannah E., Ypsilanti, MI

She stands inside her music box,
She dances for all to see,
But the one thing they don’t notice -
She’s longing to be free.

Thin and gentle, delicate and small,
Her perfection makes them sigh,
She shows them all a smile so bright,
But inside she wants to cry.

Trapped in her box, nowhere to go.
She hasn’t got a choice,
All she longs for is to get out,
But her pain hasn’t got a voice.

Her arms are growing weary -
From holding the perfect pose,
Her body’s getting tired -
From standing on her toes.

Inside herself she’s screaming,
To make them stop the show,
She’s tired from performing -
But they can never know.

She stands inside her music box,
She performs for all to see,
A break is all she’s asking for,
But wait ... that dancer’s ... me.

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i love this so much!

This is so true. Your great at writing. :)

on Feb. 5 2016 at 4:39 pm
CheshireKitty1 BRONZE, Terrace, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Music is my lifeline

I may just cry. This is beautiful

on May. 10 2015 at 1:57 pm
MysticMusic ELITE, Waterloo, Other
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Favorite Quote:
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” -Mae West
"It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things." - Leonardo Da Vinci

This is absolutely amazing and incredible, and so, so sad. It's how I feel sometimes and you've written it down so beautifully and tragically.

on Feb. 1 2015 at 9:24 am
bewareofbunnyrabbits SILVER, Winona, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
"Empty yourself and let the universe fill you." -Yogi Tea

Wow, how beautiful and sad. I love this. You are an amazing writer.

on Oct. 9 2014 at 12:04 pm
EmilytheBelleofA. DIAMOND, Athens, Georgia
81 articles 5 photos 1492 comments

Favorite Quote:
To love is to be vulnerable; Triumph is born out of struggle; We notice shadows most when they stand alone in the midst of overwhelming light.

This is just absolutely, beautiful. So, descriptive and just so true. I can connect to it, a lot; I'm also a dancer or ballerina. I've actually been wanting to find a poem about this, and now I've found it. I don't when this was, but congarts on having this published! You deserve it. :) You have such a talent and greatness in you, and you are a wonderful writer and person. Thank you so much, for sharing this. :)

AlexandraL said...
on Apr. 4 2014 at 8:16 pm
AlexandraL, Melvin Ave. Northridge, California
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So sad and I can really visualize it.

on Apr. 4 2014 at 5:49 pm
Laugh_Live_Write BRONZE, Mukilteo, Washington
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Favorite Quote:
"All our dreams can come true, if only we have the courage to pursue them." -Walt Disney

I really like this poem. That last line is great!

TCP Killer said...
on Apr. 4 2014 at 10:11 am
this is just like my life

Claire_A GOLD said...
on Feb. 23 2013 at 8:18 pm
Claire_A GOLD, Pleasanton, California
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Favorite Quote:
"Always a poet, even in prose."
~Charles Baudelaire

What a heartfelt and well-spoken poem.  I really felt a connection to your poem and the metaphor you converyed.  Wonderful job on a wonderful piece.

on Sep. 27 2012 at 1:54 am
HopeIsWhatWeCrave GOLD, Rowlett, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
[Frodo] How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on... when in your heart you begin to understand... there is no going back? There are some things that time cannot mend... some hurts that go too deep... that have taken hold.


[Pippin] I didn't think it would end this way.
[Gandalf] End? No, the journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path... One that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass... And then you see it.
[Pippin] What? Gandalf?... See what?
[Gandalf] White shores... and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.
[Pippin] Well, that isn't so bad.
[Gandalf] No... No it isn't.


[Frodo] I can't do this Sam.
[Sam] I know. By rights we shouldn't even be here, but we are. It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo, the ones that mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn't want to know the end, because how could the end by happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow. Even the darkness must pass. A new day will come, and when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something. Even if you were too small to understand why. But I think Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. The folk in those stories had plenty of chances of turning back only they didn't. They kept going. Because they were holding onto something.
[Frodo] What were they holding onto, Sam?
[Sam] That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo... and it's worth fighting for

That is such a great poem! I am a dancer, and totally picture myself as the ballerina. Sometimes you just want to stop it all...

Duckie430 said...
on Mar. 20 2009 at 12:57 pm
Duckie430, Riverside, Rhode Island
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Favorite Quote:
“The secret to life is being who you are and being happy with who you are.”
"Whatever does not kill you only makes you stronger."

this is really interesting

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