Ballet Corps Member Fixing Her Hair

Ballet-Corps-Member-Fixing-Her-Hair
 
Edgar Degas, pastel on paper, 1900-1902
 
It would not do to come undone
 
for a stray hair
landing on a cheek
to suggest
imperfection
freckled skin
uneven seam
 
It would not do to draw attention
 
for an unsteady smile
or shaking hand
to hint at
fear
teary eyes
bitten lips
 
Take a moment to compose yourself.
 
It would not do to come undone.
 
 
This piece was published in the 2012 edition of Ballyhoo, an annual arts publication by The King’s University College.

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