Shimmering Spirit of Thérèse
She filled sad-stormy eyes, tear-trickled cheeks
awash with shock-sick flood of sudden pass.
She lit perfect turns of landing-luminous lutz
and flared and flashed in flight of triple flip.
She sit-spin sparkled, spiral-sequence shone,
in footwork fantasy-effulgent, warm golden gleam
of mother-glow in edge-work dazzle evident.
And as with every jump Joannie grew in craft
and confidence, all could openly observe at work
within her sweet shimmering Spirit of Thérèse.
For Canadian figure skater Joannie Rochette, whose mother passed away unexpectedly during the Olympic Games.