“Ballad” by Logan Earnst

There she smiled with tears of joy  Laid down by her prince of love  Water trailed in the brook nearby  A secret hidden place and cove    And thereupon the rock she sat The sweet princess in silent pain  The heavy tears in her eyes  They drop and then swell again    The sun sloping... Continue Reading →

“The Mask” by Hope Smith

(verse 1) I saw a picture of myself yesterday  I saw the girl I thought I knew But when I looked a little closer  I saw straight through, straight through    (pre chorus)  Blonde hair, green eyes, false smile  I wanted to be right back where she was  Blue coat, black jeans, false smile  I... Continue Reading →

“Blown Away” by Erin Sprague

Lifted by a gustOf wind so strongIt seems to carryMe on and on Set adriftIn the prairie skyBlown farAnd high Spinning and tumblingLungs can’t catch upFor the first timeI’m seeing everything closeup New colors I seeThat weren’t there beforeNew soundsThat in my ears roar I’m blown awayAs a tuft of dandelionCaught in the breezeFrom the... Continue Reading →

“What a Dancer Sees” by Erin Sprague

Trees swaying in the windLeaves fluttering and twirlingRoots deepening, strengthening Water flowing in towards shoreWaves crashing and pummelingSeagulls soaring, crying Zephyrs flitting through sunlightBreezes rising and fallingGales blowing, sweeping Fire full of crackles and roarsFlames leaping and plungingBlazing steadily, passionately Music flowing bySoaring and dippingCrying out joyfully, sorrowfully Light pouring through cloudsStreaming and radiantRays of... Continue Reading →

“Need” by Erin Sprague

There is a burning longing in meAn insatiable hungerA soul-deep desireA flame flickering in my heart I long for the stretchOf my muscles lengtheningThe arch of my footThe press of my toes on the floorI yearn for the sweetnessOf each deep, soft pliéThe arch of my backIn the slow port de bras I ache for... Continue Reading →

“That Moment” by Erin Sprague

Something magical about that instantWhen your eyes meet on stageWhen your spirit is upliftedBy someone else’s passion Something precious about that secondWhen you understandThat you’re in perfect tandemThat you both are drowning in the music Something enchanting about that momentWhen the audience draws in a breathAnd your own very heart stopsAnd all is suspended in... Continue Reading →

“Pain” by Erin Sprague

Searing through your calvesPulling you downTearing you into halvesSweat trickling between your shoulder blades What is pain, anyway?Forget your burning feetIgnore your straining musclesDance, dance to the beat. When your world shakes,Hold firm to the painIt reminds you who you areRemember no pain, no gain. Forget the painsBecause you love the adrenalineRushing through your veins.Just... Continue Reading →

“Obsession” by Erin Sprague

I’ve heard it told,True-born writers must writeThey haven’t any choiceThey must write until they’re dead and cold But the same is true of a dancerShe makes no conscious decisionHer need to dance is strong,And will cause many a frisson Addicted to the adrenaline,Longing for the familiar pain in her feetIn her dreams she will dance,And... Continue Reading →

“In Class” by Erin Sprague

Images flicker in the mirrorLegs unfold together, as oneArms float on billowy clouds,No one is there to point, to murmur, see her? Pointe shoes clatter on the floor,Hairpins fly from tightly wound hair,In unison the dancers soarAnd hit the floor again. Over the sounds of running feet,A voice corrects, criticizes,Your arms! Stay with the beat!Here,... Continue Reading →

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