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When the Light Went Out


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When the Light Went Out

Once her brilliance
lit up the stage,
the premiere ballerina.
Now shards of fractured
memories haunt
the fragile lady in orange
as she dances
alone in her cell,
hearing their song
play over and over in her mind.
His betrayal
extinguished her flame.

Some say,  he
displayed his heart
like his shiniest ornament.
dazzling but empty,
hung to attract the lights
and with his holiday done
he would tuck the orb away,
deep inside the box
marked “Decorations”.
Now, shattered by her bullet,
it will dazzle no more.
                ~~ Judi Van Gorder

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~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

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The title led me to believe this would be a story about an aging star who can't accept that the audience has moved on, but this turned out to be much more morbid than that. I can't help but to have sympathy for her and not for him ...

Well written. I loved it.


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Shocking, simply shocking!  :)

I'm not sure if I have empathy for either him or her, but it makes for good reading.

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