Vertigo (A Poem)

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, 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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