The Dancer

Tomorrow I will fall in love again with a dancer nimble on her feet,
and the one appearing in nearly every museum I’ve entered, with a diva on stage, and
with the one in my living room who calls me by a familiar name.

I will give my heart to the strangers who break records, those who hit
the highest notes, as well as to those who walk
when inspired to hit, known and unknown.

I will give myself, again, to the beauty of the human.

I will also wince as you pass, weighted by a life no one has ever earned,
and ache for the beauty that somehow rides the gusts that leave cigarette wrappers

Deirdre Fagan is a widow, wife, and mother of two. Her poem, “Outside In,” nominated by Nine Muses Poetry, was a finalist for Best of the Net 2018, and her poem “Homesick,” was nominated for a 2018 Pushcart by Constellate Literary Journal. She has a chapbook, Have Love, forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. Fagan is the author of the book Critical Companion to Robert Frost and has published poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, as well as a number of critical essays on poetry, memoir, and teaching pedagogy. She is associate professor and coordinator of creative writing at Ferris State University. Meet her at

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1 Response to The Dancer

  1. Oooh I really love the opening of this piece.

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