Kristy Nilsson

The Dancing Poems

Copyright on all Poetry & Artwork

by Kristy Leigh Nilsson

Photos by Joyce Dawson



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The Jete      July 1999 - Copyright

I skim across the floor at breakneck speed -

Like a spider that runs on water

        and never tears through the surface.

I feel the wind on my face and

        hear it rushing past my ears

As the floor falls away beneath my feet.

Gravity has given up its fight, at last,

And released me to the sky.




The Audition        August 1998 - Copyright

I enter the gruesome gates of Ballet Hell

In ten minutes I will stand before a glacial director,

In a line of nameless, faceless bodies,

Praying that God pulls me out of that line -

and gives me a name and a face.

I am waiting to begin the audition,

Waiting to learn my destiny.

One-by-one, fifty dancers will pour out their hearts

        through their hands, their feet, and their eyes.

One-by-one, fifty dancers will have their love and future

        twisted away.

And, yes, we pay them for this.

A smirking lady hands me my number:

        the tangible epitome of the audition

It still retains its dizzying smell of magic marker.

I have been stripped of my identity -

Dehumanized by the graffiti pinned to my leotard;

For the next two hours my name will be:

Number twenty-eight.

Hair is deliberately coifed in a skull-gripping bun

Each girl inventories the bobby pins

         that imprison her hair.

We fidget at the barre, in numerical order -

Each dancer starts to warm up by holding her leg in some

        distorted position over her head.

Leg warmers and sweat pants shroud these

        strangely beautiful, serpentine legs

The room writhes with apprehension…

The audition director enters - a self-exalted demi-god…

He walks agonizingly slowly…

Taking inventory of every body he passes…

He grins a sinister, weaselly smile…

Then seats himself at the front of the room.

…Let the festivities begin.





Invaded        August 1998 - Copyright

She is invaded by fiery music

That turns her eyes and twists the corners of her mouth.

Against her own volition, she is willed to move

By a maddening, delicious force.

Her feet propel her through the air

Her head slings back to face the sky…

Her hands clap in counter-rhythms that her brain can’t comprehend…

Her belly undulates above her hips - that shake in figure eights.

And she has no idea where her arms will pull her next.

Sweat falls from her forehead; her hair clings magnetically to her skin;

She is dizzy and her head aches as tough she’d fasted forty days.

But still her heels stomp into the ground and her fingertips fly into the air…

She has surrendered all control to this auditory poison.

And she is drunk on the spinning of her skirts.





I Dance and I See Myself Dancing       April 1998  - Copyright

I dance and I see myself dancing…

I love the movement, the Euphoria.

I fly and my heart laughs;

I flirt and I weep and I whisper with my feet…

My hands dart past my eyes -

like a fish whose sun has caught its orange tail.

The whirling and the swirling of the colours and the lights,

             as the ceiling draws me near…


I am subtle; I am vulgar, as I twist before the king,

And he asks me if I’d care to minuet.

“No, thank you, my dear sir,” I reply with all defiance,

As I skitter through the courts and I prance among the knights…

I am flying; I am swimming; I am speaking foreign tongues,

And I pause before I circle back again…

My elbows do not listen, but my feet drum for my ears.

I see and I smirk and I giggle with my hands…

My shoulders pull me backward -

like a current in the sea.

The tapestries rush past me

        in a blur of smoky thread,

        as my lungs open wide

        and my throat lets out applause…

I am violent; I am smart, as I watch myself cavort,

And I never, ever, ever minuet.



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All poetry and artwork included in these pages is copyrighted © by Kristy Nilsson. All photographs, graphic images, artwork and written material on this site are copyrighted by either Scott Nilsson, Kristy Nilsson or Scott & Kristy Nilsson, or by others - whether or not they are attributed to other authorship and may not be copied, reproduced or otherwise distributed without the written permission of the authors.  Any work by others appearing on this site is for reference purposes only: ALL WORKS ARE COPYRIGHT PROTECTED BY AND FOR THEIR RESPECTIVE AUTHORS.  Some of the trademarks appearing or mentioned on this site appear for identification purposes only.  Copyright © 1994 - 2006-10-09  by Scott & Kristy Nilsson -  All rights reserved.  Revised: 10/09/06 16:07:56 -0400.