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The Dance Class

Edgar Degas

By Sean BassPublished 2 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - June 2024
The Ballet Class (Degas, Musée d'Orsay)

He painted this twice, didn’t he?

I don’t know, did he?

I think so, he gave up on one for a while.

I like the girl on the left, scratching.

Why her?

Her eyes are closed, she seems happy.

Almost like she’s somewhere else.

I used to dance you know.


Paris Opera.

Why don’t you start again?

I did for a while. My mother died.

But the itch remains.

She used to stand so still when she watched me.

Strange, how beauty freezes us.

I stood like that before her body, almost on point.

I think there’s something like fear in ballet.

I like the girl on the left, scratching.

There’s something like fear in her face.

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Sean Bass

A poet and author from Liverpool, I have been published at dreamofshadows.co.uk and love to write.

I am extremely appreciative of anyone who reads my work. Thank you.

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Comments (23)

  • Danielle Mosleyabout a month ago

    Very beautifully written. Here is mine https://vocal.media/authors/danielle-mosley-rrf0n40ghs

  • Dawnxisoul393artabout a month ago

    The dialogue between the speakers adds depth and complexity to the painting, allowing us to glimpse into their thoughts and emotions. The choice to focus on the girl on the left, scratching, sparks curiosity and invites interpretation. The mention of ballet and the connection between fear and beauty adds a layer of profound contemplation. Thanks for sharing, have a nice weekend!

  • Lacy Loar-Gruenlerabout a month ago

    Sean, this is lovely! I felt like I was standing behind your protagonists in the Musée d'Orsay eavesdropping on their intimate conversation. Congrats on TS!!

  • JBazabout a month ago

    Such a great entry for the challenge Well done

  • Andrea Corwin about a month ago

    Hahaha you bring the itch from the painting into your poem. Degas paintings are gorgeous. Congratulations on TS! I loved It.

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  • Belleabout a month ago

    Very well written! I love using the painting as a prompt. Intriguing! Congrats on Top Story!

  • Manisha Dhalaniabout a month ago

    Very well written. Kept me on my toes with all the questions and feelings of wonderment.

  • Novel Allen2 months ago

    Congrats. great topic.

  • Khan2 months ago

    Loved this! Congratulations on top story ❤️

  • Melissa Ingoldsby2 months ago

    Such a deep dive into details of these lovely & famous works of art!

  • Margaret Brennan2 months ago

    TS... BRAVO. I took ballet once. My mom didn't care if I learned to dance. she wanted me to learn to be graceful. I failed miserably and mom was eventually asked to keep me home. Born a klutz, stayed a klutz but your poem brought back some really fond memories.

  • Rachel S2 months ago

    Loved this! So relatable and creatively wriiten. Your emotions are thick and expressed in a clear but interesting way. Well done!

  • Ameer Bibi2 months ago

    Stunning writing Congratulations on TS

  • Shirley Belk2 months ago

    How very creative to take a painting and make dialogue! Congrats on Top Story!

  • Wow! I loved how you went deep into this painting. There's something about how you bring the reader's gaze to the girl scratching and keep coming back that's haunting. This poem reads like a late-night conversation and I love it. Congrats on the Top Story!

  • Hasan2 months ago

    Incredibly insightful and well-written; a must-read!

  • Wonderful description of a journey into a great painting

  • D.K. Shepard2 months ago

    Very well done! Excellent conversational tone!

  • Matthew Fromm2 months ago

    great poem Sean

  • Esala Gunathilake2 months ago

    Back to say congrats on your top story.

  • Esala Gunathilake2 months ago

    You nailed it. Well done.

  • Carol Townend2 months ago

    I love the way you engage the reader in a conversation using questions in this, and I love the way in which it is written. And, did he paint the picture twice? One can't help but wonder about the beauty in his art.

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