to dance is to live

she will break her toes
in order to become beautiful.
how those girls in tight lycra,
their breasts anomalies, fold
their feet into toe shoes,
this is how she imagines
herself in mere months
from now, when she has
whittled herself down to
bone, small enough
so the leotard will show
every line of her body.
this, she feels, is the only
way to be a woman.


a/n: written for this month's writing challenge contest via the review game forum. the prompt was "ballet is woman."