The Ballerina in the Attic by Amanda N. Butler - Twist in Time Literary Magazine
In an attic forgotten,white sheets blanket sofas and seatsconcealing the upholstery’s golden embroidery – the shape of a dormant astrolabesilhouetted in shadow – in a corner forgotten,a life-sized doll sitswith dust in her eyes,a faded stare towardthe rusted boltjutting from her point shoe – protruding from her cobweb and coppershoulder blades, a clockwork key.Her own music, if it could still play,would give her nightmaresof abandoned carouselsand ivy crawling acrossfunhouse entrances.A crack in the fadedrouge of her cheekreveals a crevicewith contours of cranks and springs,the ripped tulle at her hipinterlace with spider corpses.The lace at her neck has loosened – and her costume,once a vibrant hue,now a transmutation of gray and yellow.the oil inside her no longer burns,her steam no longer breathes – a dry alchemy.If awake, she would longfor the day to dance again. ____________________________________________________________ Amanda N. Butler is the author of chapbooks “Tableau Vivant” (Dancing Girl Press, 2015) and “effercrescent” (Dancing Girl Press, 2017) as well as “How a Fairy Gets Her Wings” (Origami Poetry Press, 2018). Her poems have been published in Haikuniverse, Hedgerow, Leaves of Ink, and others. She is the Poet Laureate of Oldsmar, FL and can be found on Twitter @arsamandica.