Pirouette

Pirouette

A Poem by Viktoria
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The war on self belief...

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I hear the tanks of pessimism
rumbling across my border
an invasion force of Panzer doubts
hell-bent on all disorder -

firing shells at my self belief
grenades tossed towards my heart
propaganda lies of Goebbels size
to dissuade me from my art -

I have no rifle to fight my foe
no Spitfire to defend my skies
just the taunting voice of failure
to propel me towards my prize -

so I close my eyes, grasp my BAR(re)
expel defeat from lungs astray
and I pirouette and pirouette
and pirouette myself away.

© 2021 Viktoria


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Viktoria
I hope you enjoy my poem. 🌹

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I think its excellent. I like how you mingle real life invasion with your own self belief. Keep up with your goals and your writings too! You have talent i see. You should try and write a little (at least) 4 or 5 days a week. It will surprise you what you will get done in your writes.

Posted 3 Days Ago


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Viktoria

2 Days Ago

Thank you, Frankie. I'll certainly try to write more. Time doesn't always permit it, though. Your th.. read more



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The military symbols that pervade the poem are interesting. They are not only warlike, but Nazi warlike, which comes across as an allusion to aggression and ruthlessness. It appears someone has said things "to dissuade me from my art." Could this be someone trying to woo the speaker and pressuring her for more attention at the expense of dance? Or could it be a harsh instructor who is trying to undermine her confidence? Whatever, the last verse indicates they will fail. First time I have ever seen the Browning Automatic Rifle linked to ballet.

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Viktoria

18 Hours Ago

Thank you, John! I am so happy that someone caught the BAR reference.....as in the rifle and the bal.. read more
Self doubt is clearly illustrated in your wordplay - the poignancy of this write is shared by many and reminded me of this; Van Gogh is reported to have said this: "If you hear a voice within you say ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." Thus the more your resolve to conquer self doubt, the quicker it is defeated. Great share my friend...:-)

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Viktoria

18 Hours Ago

Thank you, Phil. That is a great quote you have shared. One must always persevere, no matter the obs.. read more
oh i like it ... fine work with the war machine personifications .. to speak on life ... aspirations .. obstacles .. attacks even .. well done says i! .. the closing pirouettes, i think are fabulous .. one can see your protagonist running away or escaping with style .. dancing on to better things .. i like to watch the fights .. when one is pressed into a corner of the ring they can get "stuck" there and take a real pummeling or turn and "slip" out of it .. many times putting the aggressor in the corner .. much like your dancer .. "expell defeat" .. great stuff! needed positivity in these rather dark times .. we need to come out winners don't we!
E.

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Viktoria

18 Hours Ago

Thank you, Mr. Einstein. I think you would enjoy watching my fellow company ballerinas as the fan of.. read more
Einstein Noodle

14 Hours Ago

ahahaha ..i have read stories and watched movies that had those kinds of "fights" as part of the plo.. read more
An accomplished write with great metaphors and natural sounding rhyme. I particularly enjoyed your ending lines. What better way to get rid of those negatives than to dance them into distraction. Beautiful work Viktoria.

Chris

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Viktoria

18 Hours Ago

Thank you, Chris. Yes, you are indeed correct. I try to dance any negatives away at any given chance.. read more
I loved how you used the language dear Viktoria. Each line, strong and demanding. I enjoyed the complete poem and thank you for sharing the amazing poetry.
Coyote

Posted 1 Day Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Viktoria

1 Day Ago

Thank you, Coyote. Glad you enjoyed this effort of mine. Your support and comments are always apprec.. read more
I love this. It's so similar to a poem I wrote called, "Ballerina."

Posted 1 Day Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Viktoria

1 Day Ago

Thank you, light and ashes. Glad you enjoyed this poem. I'll seek out your version very shortly. �.. read more
light and ashes

1 Day Ago

You're welcome, and I can just send it to you. I think that would make it a lot easier.
This is a great piece of work, you can feel the battle within but the resolution to keep going! Really good job, a fun piece to read!

Posted 2 Days Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Viktoria

1 Day Ago

Thank you, Haley. Your support and kind words are appreciated by this newcomer! 🌹
What an amazing and relatable write dear Viktoria! An invasion of pessimism outside and an inside war of self doubt to crossfire that.. It's so visual. Only gyrating in self belief can do the trick... Awesome piece!

Posted 2 Days Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Viktoria

1 Day Ago

Thank you, Sima. You nailed the poem in three lines! I am glad you enjoyed this effort. Thank you ve.. read more
A battle within and without...the two penultimate verses are sheer determination and resolve. The reader pirouttes with you emotionally. Nothing contrived, spirit revived!
Just so you know, apart from the spitfire tanks and grenades, there is poision ivy around too. Sugary sweet slayer. Sly marking poems down. Regardless, your poetry has arrived.

Posted 2 Days Ago


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Viktoria

1 Day Ago

Thank you, DIVYA. There are battles within and out for all of us everyday, so I am glad you understo.. read more
Hello, I thought you had closed your account! Good to see you

This is such a clever poem, Viktoria. It mixes your own personal war and metaphorical balletic words or phrases. Finely contrived and oh so readable.

Posted 2 Days Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Viktoria

1 Day Ago

Thank you, emmajoy. Nice to know you enjoyed this effort.

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