Poetry Friday: “Born to Dance”

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Time flies when you’re having book launches.

And writing. And trying to be a parent.

So it should come as no surprise that I completely forgot to share this poem – which I wrote in April as part of Michelle H. Barnes’ blog feature on my new book, Don’t Ask a Dinosaur (Pow! Kids Books).

As part of Michelle’s “Ditty of the Month Challenge,” my co-author, Deborah Bruss, and I challenged Michelle’s readers to write a poem about something one would not expect (or want) a dinosaur to do.

I figured I would start things off by writing a poem myself and sharing it with Michelle’s readers…and after she posted it, I completely forgot about it!

So here it is, 2 months later, and I’m just now getting around to sharing it here at the ol’ Triple-R. Better late then never, right?

Born to Dance

Young Colette could pirouette,
turn out, and then jeté.
Statuesque at arabesque,
she’d bend to a plié
and twirl adagio – then allegro –
landing a croisé!
I’d never seen a T-Rex
so accomplished at ballet.

– © 2018 Matt F. Esenwine, all rights reserved

Looking for more poetry? You’re in luck! Kiesha Shepard is hosting today’s Poetry Friday roundup with Summer’s Song, dancing in the twilight while white caps and tanker ships dance in the sea…be sure to stop by & say hi!


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30 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: “Born to Dance”

  1. Delighted to read this encore performance, Matt! I’m particularly glad that you decided that Colette should be accomplished as a dancer rather than clumsy or clown-like. Would love to see an illustration (or even an animated feature!) of Colette the T-Rex doing what she loves best.


  2. lindabaie

    Your poem makes me wish I could really draw, Matt! But in my imagination, I can see that twirling, also lumbering, dino at a recital. (My youngest granddaughter just had her recital last week, so the idea of a dinosaur appearing is a fun idea.) Thanks, glad you remembered!


  3. Bravo, T-rex! Isn’t amazing how much time gets soaked up by other things when we’d just like to focus on writing?! Enjoy your family and your book launching. It looks like writing is going to stick with you no matter what. I’d like to dance with that dinosaur.


  4. carwilc

    This is so fun! Amazing how you managed to incorporate all the ballet words and still have the poem feel so good and be so fun to read! Well done!


  5. The best part of this poem is that the last line took me by surprise even though I helped design the challenge. I think all readers should have the experience of the poem without an illustration. If I may be so bold as to suggest to the illustrator that the first illustration would only show a small part of the T-Rex, such as a foot in a ballet slipper or a tail wearing a tutu. After a page turn, the entire twirling T-Rex would show.

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