The Weekly Verse: Dance by Norm Bisson

19 November 2015 by 2 Comments
The Weekly Verse: One poem per week.

Dance

by Norm Bisson

Years of ballet as a child,
She walks on toes pointed out,
Soft as snow steps.

Costumes now hang
In a closet. Bright lights,
Boardrooms, no men
In tights. She’s learning
To set her heels,
Solid like ice.

Make-up still masks
The pain of a pirouette.

I first read this poem in high school, and it’s one I come back to when my life gets crazy. To me it’s a poem about how to endure change, how to become harder and stronger in the face of adversity — and also about how we are never really able to close ourselves off completely from our troubles.

Norm Bisson doesn’t seem to be a prolific writer, or even a published one. I can only find record of two other poems, posted on poetry.com. Dance appears to be a hidden gem, one I’m glad to share with a wider audience.

[Image: mararie]

Amy Peveto

Amy picked up her first book as a toddler and hasn’t been spotted without one since. She has an unhealthy obsession with refining her TBR list, and you’ll have to pry her ragged paperback copy of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice out of her cold, dead hands.

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