She Only Makes It Look Easy

Poem By: Sarah R.

Ballerinas drawing by: Keca love

Ballerinas drawing by: Keca love

From the audience it looks easy

“She just knows how to do that”

Right?

Here’s the truth

She spends every waking moment rehearsing for a single performance

she has to smell the scrumptious scents of food that she

can’t have because she has to fit into her costume

She has to suffer hearing her bones cracking

and her muscles telling her to stop but she has to ignore them

She spends every penny on pink pointe shoes

that only last a week…. if she’s lucky

She has to suffer the agony of her toenail barely attached to her toe,

but she has to keep dancing,

But worst of all,

she has to suffer

people underestimating how strong she is

they have no idea

Until they’ve DANCED in her shoes.

Drawing by: Annika L., Grade 6, Thornton, Colorado

Drawing by: Annika L., Grade 6, Thornton, Colorado

Drawing by: Alex M., Age 11, Boston, Massachusetts

Drawing by: Alex M., Age 11, Boston, Massachusetts

Drawing by: Alena F., Age 11, Los Angeles, California

Drawing by: Alena F., Age 11, Los Angeles, California

Photograph by: Andrieta

Photograph by: Andrieta

Drawing by: Alejandra M., Age 10, Wellington, Florida

Drawing by: Alejandra M., Age 10, Wellington, Florida

Drawing by: Alejandra M., Age 10, Los Angeles, California

Drawing by: Alejandra M., Age 10, Los Angeles, California