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“The Dancer” Haibun

February 29, 2016


for RonovanWrite’s Weekly Haiku Challenge


credit: Lake District landscape photography by Alex Wrigley at Rydal Water

“The Dancer” Haibun

I was sixteen when Flashdance hit the silver screen. I was spellbound by the beautiful dancing, the soaring ballet moves across the dance floor, the bobbing and weaving as she glided along. I imagined myself a dancer dipping and diving upon the stage. But these gangling legs didn’t move that way. I felt the beat of the music vibrating through my body, held the passion to dance firmly in my creative mind, but my hips were too wide, my thighs too plump, my feet unaccustomed to the challenge. I could merely watch, in awe.

in a flash, she danced
elegant, silver wings dip
onto the swan’s lake

©2016 Lori Carlson. All rights reserved.

  1. I love the film too. Nice work.💚💜💛❤️💙

  2. Such a lovely way to connect your personal experience with the ‘swan dancer.’ Enjoyed your haibun, Lori.

  3. Beautifully done 🙂

  4. Wow, I remember that movie well. A beautiful

  5. Suzanne permalink

    She was quite a dancer -your haiku captures it well. I can relate to the problem with the thighs 🙂

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