Friday, August 13, 2010

MAGPIE/ Prompt #27

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FITTINGs

I used to be a dancer
like the Degas ballerina,
knees and joints warming up,
to perform a plie'.

Lost my footing,
knees collided,
now I'm just an artifact,
overlapping flanges,
no recovery in sight.

Patina gilds my age,
and crumbling toes
dissolve en pointe.

Joints out of kilter,
valves clogged.
Do me a favor
and pull the plug.

I'm zapped,
unhappy,
unglued,
un-tutu-ed.


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Thanks again, Willow, for asking us to stretch our imagination in response to your prompt!


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55 comments:

Helen said...

Charming little story of your battered ballerina body ... as compared to Willow's photo. Nice job!

Everyday Goddess said...

Even the brightest stars collapse in upon themselves having burned hotter than the others.

Wishing you blissful rest ballerina.

Jingle said...

cute take...

Thanks for the magic done to the prompt...

Lyn said...

Hi Helen-
Thank you....perhaps to dance again?

Lyn said...

Hi Everyday Goddess-
I went in a kid, and came out a star! Thanks for that..

willow said...

Love "un-tutu-ed". ((giggles))

Lyn said...

Hi Jingle-
Thanks..I had some fun with this one!

Lyn said...

Hi Willow-
Thank you..as you probably know by now, I'll do anything to get to a punch line!!

Suz said...

poor ballerina
untutued..funny word

C.M. Jackson said...

ahh no--not untutued..like a phoenix you shall rise --you may not be able to be en pointe but perhaps a samba or better yet a slow sultry tango...best c

Angie Muresan said...

Oh Lyn... But surely one doesn't need to be a performing ballerina to wear a tutu, does one? Please say no. I like to wear my tutu from time to time.

Lyn said...

Hi Suz-
Thank you..yes, it's awful when that happens!

Lyn said...

Hi C.M.Jackson-
Great suggestion..I'm looking forward to dancing on tables!!

Lyn said...

Hi Angie-
You have the right idea! Will be wearing mine for a run in the park!!Thanks...

Derrick said...

Simultaneously funny and sad, Lyn! Can't imagine you without your tutu!

Lyn said...

Hi Derrick-
I get the sad part, but funny?
My friends are all so supportive..on with the tutu!!

Paul C said...

The Degas dancer....to this, how sad.

Lyn said...

Hi Paul-
Thanks..nothing lovlier than the Little Dancer...

Derrick said...

I guess it was the tutu that brought a smile to my lips, Lyn, rather like Willow but I promise to keep a straight face from now on!

CM said...

Oh those darn knees! I hear ya, I'm a runner.

Great symbolism...I feel for you. I hope you still dance in your heart!

Lyn said...

Hi Derrick-
A straight face is just what I look for in a friend!
When folks laugh, that encourages my tendencies....

CatLadyLarew said...

Oh, Lyn... I've been feeling very "un-tutu-ed" lately! Not quite ready to pull the plug yet, but there are days...

Lyn said...

Hi CM-
I certainly do!..if you check my"about me", you'll see how true that is..but oh, those knees!! Thanks...

Lyn said...

Hi CatLadyLarew-
Thanks for dropping by..yes, there are those days..just keep dancing!

Sam Liu said...

Delightful poem, Lyn, the rhythm and the words are excellent. We all succumb to old age in the end, so we must make the most of our lives whilst we still can :)

Lyn said...

Hi Sam-
I really appreciate what you have to say..my feelings exactly!

Carrie Burtt said...

I love this one Lyn, and I can totaly relate to the story behind it...well, i was never a ballarena but i am having major leg problems now, and doing simple things I used to take for granted are a major chore now! Always enjoy your wonderful poetry. :-)

Everyday Goddess said...

My recent post was a bit autobiographical since I have been reading Angel cards for 5 years now. I also use the cards when I work with my massage clients, it gives them something to meditate on during their massage.

I guess it's no surprise we found each other!

Blissings!

FireLight said...

Lyn, this is really so creative...and to think I was considering that I might give it try! I adore this! You Magpies need to publish these pieces, Big Time!
"un-tutu-ed" ...so clever.

Lyn said...

Hi Carrie-
I do hope your leg problems can be healed..one thing after another, it seems...
Thank you so much for your comments..really appreciate it..

Lyn said...

Hi Everyday Goddess-
Fabulous..no surprise at all..I read the Angel cards too, I incorporate them into the reading with my usual deck.."The Keys to the Kingdom"..which no one reads but me(I think)!! Keep up the good work..

Lyn said...

Hi FireLight-
Thanks for stopping by..you should try the Mags..ideas just seem to burst forth!
Thank you so much for your comments!

patrice said...

I love the poem - what a great metaphor for ALL of us aging "dancers". Rusted joints and clogged pipes? Yep - that'd be me.

Lyn said...

Hi Patrice-
Thanks for visiting..yes, some days I'm "me", and some days I do seem to be someone else!! But she's a nice old girl!

jinksy said...

So gald I found this balletic offering eventually...You danced up a storm!

Lyn said...

Hi jinksy-
Thank you..love your blog...I'm dancing as fast as I can!!

signed...bkm said...

Love it - the un-tutu-ed made me laugh indeed....Great Magpie..bkm

Teresa said...

How wonderful! This is a great comparison.

Lyn said...

Hi bkm-
So glad you enjoyed this..thanks so much!

Lyn said...

Hi Teresa-
Welcome! So nice to have your comment..thanks!

rel said...

Lyn,
Even as the limbs brittle, one can still do the two step too, too.
rel

Lyn said...

Hi rel-
As long as we've still got rhythm, right? I do like the 2 step....

Gaston Studio said...

Good one!

Lyn said...

Hi Gaston-
Thanks for visiting..really wondered a bit about this prompt, but...!!

Brian Miller said...

my wife was a dancer for 18 years..and there are days she aches for all she put herself through...a wonderful take on the prompt...nicely played...

Lyn said...

Hi Brian-
Thank you..when I get into extreme daydreaming, the life I'd choose would be dance..no doubt!

Tumblewords: said...

Clever - I think everyone's far ahead of the game when I'm un-tutu-ed. :)

Lyn said...

Hi Tumblewords-
Thanks for visiting..
I get that feeling too often too..there's that tutu again..ha..

EKSwitaj said...

Very creative take on the photo-prompt. I, too, love un-tutu-ed

kathew said...

I love the comparisons of plumbing to aging bodies...I am not too fond of watching my body slowly falling apart-but then I don't like the alternative either!
Great magpie! Well done!

Lyn said...

Hi EK Switaj-
Welcome..and thank you..must find a substitute for my tutu..maybe blogging??

Lyn said...

Hi kathew-
Thanks so much..Well, we still have spunk!
Taking down my mirrors...

rallentanda said...

Thank for your NYC street kid words. Did someone clonk me on the head with one of these pipes?I think I may have been un tu tu ed!
If you ever find out who I am could you please let me know!

Lyn said...

Hi rallentanda-
Having enough trouble with my own identity, thank you very much!
Think I may have come up with a new word for our native language..maybe my fame will come from a footnote: "inventor of un-tutu-ed"...I'll take it!!

Words A Day said...

oh this is brilliant - un tutued!
And the first two lines have a great swing to them - some days I feel quite untutued myself!( Just wanted an opportunity to use the word!)

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