Always the world’s weighty days
Had felt a stanza too long
As though testing him in stages
Arranging setbacks & losses.
Leaving him wanting. For what?
Ups. Downs. He was unable to construe.
Exactly. Precisely. But he knew.
Something was missing.
Something out of synch. The score.
Once, his life’s work was only music.
And music his life. And Tosca.
How he had poured out everything
And now to hear the song gasping for air
Out of place. Dripping like rain.
He had stopped at a shop window
To listen to Prisma. She sang off key.
His beloved E Lucevan le stelle!
Ouch. A sparrow throwing him crumbs.
And yet she was delightfully herself.
Unveiling Tosca, he walked in. Said ‘hi’.
Watched her carefully set a photograph
A cavalcade of stars above a winding road.
Teased. Offered to buy it for a song.
They laughed. He spent a pretty penny.
True, she knew nothing about music.
But it was the start of something new.
A lost note. Found. A beginning.
© 2012 S. Michaels
Seven Love Stories – Prisma & Thomas
Author’s note: “E lucevan le stelle” (“When the stars were brightly shining”) is the romanza of Mario Cavaradossi (tenor), a painter in love with Tosca, in the third act of Puccini’s opera Tosca, composed in 1900 to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. It is sung by Cavaradossi while he waits for his execution on the roof of Castel Sant’Angelo. (Wikipedia)