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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Aubade For Anna

Ladies Layback  by © Gay Reiser Cannon  All Rights Reserved

You skate a morning song of winter sunshine
A dazzling dancing line of melody
Your face of joy, radiant as sunrise
Brings smiles to everyone you see.

Form and method -- lessons taught for ages
Awake in you a simple style of purity.
Your grace, an innocence we learn in stages
Revealed in small degrees of clarity.

Hungry for your day long learning
Eager for the feel of things unseen
Needing practice, you give understanding
To all you find who want or need.

Tracing crystal edges into songs of eloquence
That freeze your classic beauty into rhapsody.

© Gay Reiser Cannon All Rights Reserved
written for Anna Salih - a beautiful person and skater.

25 comments:

  1. what a graceful capture gay... i love to watch ice skating... during the olympics i saw a woman from south korea dance and really loved her style... i love going to the ice rink as well... not that what i do looks elegant...just for fun...smiles

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  2. Ah yes - the Queen - Yuna Kim or in her country Kim Yu-Na. Many argue she should have the gold medal (for the second time) - she was beautiful. She and Mao Asada of China also returning for the second time - who made mistakes in the short but pulled up to 6th from 16th in the long which was exquisite. The girl who won did extremely difficult maneuvers (from Russia - Adelaina Soltznikova) but didn't have the elegance, grace and finish of these two skaters nor the lovely girl from Italy, Carolina. She skated the beautiful short to Ave Maria.

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  3. smiles....i can feel her excitement...which is probably what was as infectuous as that joy...or maybe the cause of the joy...that last couplet is beautiful....the song and the rhapsody.....the awakening within her as well....some nice layers of her in this....

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    1. A loving little girl - enormous energy, kind, sharing her techniques with other skaters, and a joy to see first thing on a weekday morning!

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  4. My wife has convinced me to watch, and care about figure skating; especially the couples; can't wait for the new reality show, SKATING WITH THE STARS; your poem captures so much character & grace; great use of the prompt.

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  5. First I'm so happy for the joy you paint on the young skater.. i have understood it's also extremely challenging and also quite competitive as well..not having any children of my own, i know others who spend an immense amount of time exercising... it takes a lot of sweat and pain too I assume... loved the sonnet meter too.. very nice.

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  6. I think that reality show came and went, Glenn. Yes I love ice dancing - it was my son's favorite discipline - he said having a partner calmed his nerves. The dancers get ice at night in most places. They arrive at the rink @ midnight and skate until 4 a.m. It's quite grueling with at least an hour spent on strength and speed exercises before they work on choreography and synchronization. Watching practices never gives you the pleasure watching the others (pairs and singles). They always complete programs, skate jumps and spins. The dancer do 6 or 7 steps repeatedly and then go to the next 6 or 7 - exhausting just watching.

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  7. "innocence we learn in stages" - interesting line...usually we lose innocence in stages, so that contrast to the normal was really powerful. Beautiful picture too!!

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  8. The colors in your illustration and your sensitive words evoke the beauty of the skater and her performance. Nicely done.

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  9. As graceful a poem as the skater herself. How beautiful. I feel calm after reading this!

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  10. Such a beautiful write, I can picture her gliding across the ice.

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  11. The joy and grace in the illustration are matched by the words in your poem.

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  12. I like the photo, and also the way you captured that joy for the sport that keeps young skaters coming back for more.

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  13. lovely. I can't help but think of the Olympics when I read it."form and method - lessons taught for ages". Lovely

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  14. Calm - graceful and such charming details, I can only imagine.

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  15. stunning! this piece flows as gracefully as the skater you describe. it was easy to become entranced.

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  16. ...such moving stories come out of the Olympics...triumph or defeat? the beauty you gave in her your artwork matched her young feelings of a young woman loving skating and being an athlete...so love the ballet of skating and the music..yes, that last bit is wonderful 'tracing crystal edges'

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  17. Lovely rhapsody, gracefully written!

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  18. I don't agree with the judges decision either. Anna should have got gold.

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  19. She is eloquent on ice, scrolling out the kindness under her poise. Your poem makes me imagine the days full of skating she must live as well as the reasons why. Such Joy!

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  20. Absolute delight to read!Loved it:-)

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  21. Beautiful, Gay! You paint a wonderful picture with your words, and it goes much deeper than a mere performance on the ice. A pleasure to read!

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