Ballerina spinning on uneven deck

Of tilting ship

Rotating and twirling, quick then slow

On rotting beams.

Ship swaying and swirling, dumping cargo

Over the side.

Nose numb and ears tingling with abandoned


Wind howling and pressing determinedly

Against the ballerina

Tossing ship and dancer, slapping strands of hair

About her face.

Mast falling and sails tearing, and yet

She dances on.

But in my mind, the wind whips up the wave

Which swallows whole

Both the ballerina

And the boat.



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36 thoughts on “Vertigo”

  1. Beautiful! Life sometimesfeels like vertigo. You are spinning out of control. You feel like every turn you take is a mistake and your life is on its way to its own demise. I know it’s cool to hate on u2 now but this reminds of their song, “Vertigo.”

    Here is an excerpt from it:

    “Lights go down, it’s dark, the jungle is your head/Can’t rule your heart, a feeling so much stron-
    -ger than a thought, your eyes are wide and though your soul/It can’t be bought, your mind can wander.”

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