Ballerina Ethene - Poem by Shouvik Roy
Once a walk down the empty street,
Had me to see,
A wonderful beauty;
White her skin,
She danced to the tune of Zephyrus;
Graceful her en l'aire and Allegro;
Incessant, fervent her Adagio
With the leaves long dead;
Awestruck, enthralled I asked
'Oh! Ballerina Ethene,
What may be the cause for
Such joyous, alluring deed? '
Amidst the Adagio,
Answered Ballerina Ethene,
'They will take me away,
I am the Mother's disgrace,
As now I am free,
Nothing to carry,
Act my last is this,
For now I am free,
With teary eyes
I pass her by,
Never can I see such beauty again,
But then I got a second thought,
How could she, dance in glee
If our Mother would there not be.
Poet's Notes about The Poem
Ethene- a chemical used to make plastic bags(polythene)
en l'aire- Ballet dance Movement that is made in the air
Allegro: Quick moving steps, often containing jumps, performed to a quick tempo of music.
Adagio- the beginning of a pas de deux dance where a man and woman dance together, performing slow lifts, turns, and other supported steps.
Zephyrus- Greek God of wind and summer breeze
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