Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Quadrille #36 “flicker”


No hope.  Starving
in Sierra Leone.
Civil war raging,
parents killed
when she was three.
What could she become–
this orphan–abandoned,
shunned for skin
condition. Position
bleak. Then, photo
of ballerina brings
flicker of possibility.
On floodlit stage,
she is scarred star soloist.

Happy 6th Anniversary & Quadrille #36

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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18 Responses to Michaela

  1. Frank Hubeny says:

    So she became a ballerina after what looked like a hopeless start.

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  2. I love it ! Is she real !


  3. Grace says:

    That is a remarkable transformation of the starved child to star. Love that flicker of possibility turning to reality.

    Thanks for joining our celebration Sarah ~


  4. If I’m not mistaken, I read about her not too long ago. When we have but a flicker of hope, we can do anything with the support of others. Our world needs these stories.


  5. Just goes to show…never give up hope. There is a light that always flickers.

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  6. Sumana Roy says:

    Love this flicker of possibility, no one knows when it blazes up. A lovely poem.


  7. What a beautiful story Sara 💜 xxx


  8. Olga says:

    Interesting how you turned her life story into poetry of hope. Beautiful! ❤


  9. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Such a touching story!


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