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February 10, 2009 by · No comments

Joy Ladin

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Between future and past,
A spiraling ribbon of red, a girl

In ballet class,
A dance, a beautiful dance
You cannot hope to master.

You can’t even learn the steps
At your age, in those shoes, in pants.
You can only brim

And bead with sweat
Like a glass of water
Left in a corner

Someone filled to the lip.

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