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
freckled skin
uneven seam
It would not do to draw attention
for an unsteady smile
or shaking hand
to hint at
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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