Nadine Ellsworth-Moran, Winter 2017

Ballet Class
Nadine Ellsworth-Moran

“Find a spot on the wall,”
she would say in a labored
German accent too heavy
for her frame.

“Let your head lead,
and your body will follow.”
Her words spinning with me.

She claimed to be
a baroness,
and I claimed to be
a dancer.

Your spot is your anchor,
the only constant as you turn, turn, turn.

In the end
it is the one
truth between us.


Nadine Ellsworth-Moran is a Presbyterian pastor shepherding a small congregation in Charlotte, NC. In recent years, she has begun to explore her call to writing and loves working with the written word in all forms, but her first love is poetry. She also loves to travel and encounter new people with whom to share life’s joys and surprises along the road.

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