She glides onto the ice,
and stands poised in her position,
Waiting for the music to begin;
the crowd lets out a roar,
They’ve seen her skate before
and everyone hopes that this will be
her biggest win.
She dances on the ice, Double Axel,
Camel Spin, a Salchow jump and
Lutz for extra measure,
She does a layback spin, she twirls
and leaps and flips;
The crowd cheers and claps
just to show their pleasure.
She twists and springs so high
It seems like she can fly,
Like a butterfly, defying gravity,
Her smiling face, serene,
She is living her own dream
and doing it all for the world to see.
It all comes down to this–
Four minutes of sheer bliss,
and when the music reaches its crescendo
the audience is cheering,
Her joyful face endearing,
Olympic gold makes a very fine memento!
Sandra Lee Smith
first written February, 2010. updated 7/23/18
SANDY’S NOTES: THE SKATER in this poem is Michelle Kwan, whose career I began to
follow when she was something like 14 years old and film clips from those first years are a delight to see–there was this tiny, smiling, pixie defying gravity on the ice…she lived in Torrance, California, not very far from where I lived at the time, so I had to follow her career. She is now retired from ice skating. I had no interest in figure ice skating until Michelle came along and then I was watching all of the figure skaters through those years. (sigh–I think those were the best years for both male and female figure skaters). -sls