The historic Emerson Ballet Theatre was scheduled for demolition two days before its 150th anniversary. Luxury apartments were to be the new showcase and my fame would be extinguished, like a burnt out star.

Darkness enfolded me behind closed curtains. For a moment, I imagined hearing the impending rumbles and reverberations of a wrecking ball as I poised center stage. But it was the audience, exploding with applause, shouting “encore!”.

A sinking heart prompted stinging tears but I held my head high as the plush curtains parted, my smile a swan song to the life that I loved.

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
1 month ago

A story that really highlights the ‘putting on a brave face’ smile. It’s such a sad end for a building that has brought joy to so many and for the dancers whose time there is coming to an end. Nicely done

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 month ago

Such sadness in your story, Heather. A smile that hides heartache. Beautifully written. I loved the picture and the link to Swan Lake and your protagonist’s swan song.

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Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
1 month ago

So sad that historical buildings are replaced by flats. Heather, I enjoyed your play on the words “swan song” in your final sentence.

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Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
1 month ago

An emotional story. I most especially love the line, ‘my smile a swan song to the life that I loved’. If I may ask. What’s behind the swan song?

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 month ago

An emotional read, Heather. I also love the last line. Lovely. 

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