Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Le Stelle

Her love gone
Her heart cast adrift, she so forlorn,
she and Le Stelle, they rode the storm
‘til tempest died, and sails rent and torn
all hope was lost and she so did mourn
the loss of love for she he had scorned.

And she in despair,
Wind still, now becalmed and lost at sea
at the mercy of the Gods was she
and she uttered forth her soulful plea
O my love, I gave my heart to thee,
please return my love and rescue me.

And Sol bore down.
She adrift for days on briny deep
and sun bore down and death did slow creep                                     
and for her lost love she so did weep
and she prayed the Gods her safety keep
as she drifted now in twilight sleep.

And the vision.
And in her dreams Paleamon rose
and he and dolphin leapt ‘bove the bows
and she in his arms he did enclose
sang sweet to her and soothed her woes
and delirious, life with him she chose.

And then eternal peace.
Life below blue sea she now did crave
neath new luscious moon and crested wave,
and to Paleamon her heart she gave,
and she to him a willing slave
on dolphin leapt to loves watery grave.

Anna :o]

The above is a late response to the dVerse Saturday prompt of Beauty.  The beauty of the human singing voice sprang to mind and that led on to Pavarotti and so stuck on YouTube I became – I missed the deadline.

I was introduced to the wonder of Pavarotti by my handsome one; he bringing home the LP King of the High C’s and that was it.  I fell in love with his voice and his image on the LP sleeve, abandoned the hubby and kids, packed my suitcase and stalked Pavarotti round the globe…

Seriously, I do so love his voice and always will, and it was through him that my love of opera began, until then my only exposure to it being while at school and limited to The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance

Pavarotti truly was, especially in his early career, king of the high C’s he once describing ‘hitting’ one thus: “Excited and happy, but with a strong undercurrent of fear. The moment I actually hit the note, I almost lose consciousness. A physical, animal sensation seizes me. Then I regain control.”  Lovely!

And to further excite your ears, more Pavarotti, this time Che Gelida Manina – now this I want played at my funeral!

Videos’ courtesy of YouTube.


Brian Miller said...

ah he def has a wonderful voice...have listened to performances before...love the story of your poem...the journey, the giving in to the watery grave but to ride the dolphin...ha. what an affect that music has on you eh? smiles.

Jenny Woolf said...

It must be so hard to act and sometimes dance in an opera, while simultaneously keeping to such high standards of singing. I am sure I'd get distracted!

Laurie Kolp said...

This is beautiful, Anna.

Grace said...

Love the lyrical verses ~ I admire the theme and flow very much ~ His voice is mesmerizing, wow ~

ayala said...

Great poem, love Pavarotti :)

Truedessa said...

This was lovely..I have heard his performances and the voice is so powerful and full of spirit..it moves the soul..

Claudia said...

what i love most is the tremendous intensity that you manage to keep from first to last line...like in a good piece of music

Anonymous said...

Beautiful poetry, Anna! The rhyme scheme is awesome! Flows so smoothly!

Anonymous said...

This is a really ambitious poem, Anna. I see that Charles admired the rhyme scheme; I'm afraid my reaction is different because I can see where the rhymes have driven both the word order and word choices, making some of the lines really tough to read, especially aloud.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Maybe the most gifted voice who ever lived...

sreeja harikrishnan said...


Anonymous said...

Wow Anna this is so exquisite, so divinely elegant just seamless beauty

Pavarotti is wonderful too I haven't listened to much opera but I do enjoy it

The new prompt is up it's a free share =)

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Thank you for your kind and welcome comments folks. Real life has got in the way of blogging so apologies for delay of acknowledgement.

Tony ~ I am in total agreement with you. Sometimes I post a poem (quite happy with it) and then when I read it the following day I am embarrassed by it.

This poem was driven by the rhyming scheme and I wasn't quite satisfied with it when posted – but went ahead anyway. I think I really wanted to share Pavarotti – at any cost…

Anna :o]

Anonymous said...

Lovely post Anna. May I recommend to you Andrea Bocelli (particularly his DVD of Sacred Arias)
He sings popular music too but was trained by Pavarotti and his opera voice is exceptional.