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A Puccini Dream
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A Puccini Dream




Robert Ferrier


A Steinway upright corners                  

my grandmother's parlor.

As a boy I hid there and

fell prey to a 3 p.m. nap.


The notes awoke,

bearing the boy across

land and sea to the shore

of an Italian lake where            

a man with a shotgun  

stared down at slain ducks.


Giacomo Puccini wore

boots and hunting pants.                       

His mustache dripped

the memory of rain   

as blood salted the lake.


The boy felt the music                                      

coursing through him

and stared at the ducks,

displayed like crimson

speckled piano keys.


Fishing boats trawled the lake                          

and a watchtower flashed

gold as the sun crept

over the mountains,

warming the vineyards

and wafting from the hills

a scent of thyme.


The boy could not fathom                                

the language of the music

yet he felt the plea

and turned to Puccini.

"What are they singing?"


"Nessun dorma.                                             

"No one shall sleep."


The boy watched the wind

ruffling wings and asked

"Why am I here?"


"The notes," said Puccini.

"They make a bridge."


The boy wept                                                  

with the music

and for the ducks.

"Why kill them?"


Puccini turned                                      

to the tower,

now his home.

"To flee ghosts

and measures  

begging for notes."


The music lifted                                    

the boy again until

man and lake and ducks

faded as the dream died

in an eddy of notes

behind the piano.


Now I scan every stage                                   

for a Steinway.
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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 10/29/2005
Breathtaking poetry, Robert. Thank you for sharing your gift. Love and peace to you.

Reviewed by Robert Montesino 8/18/2005
Wow! Jaw dropping verses, one of the best poems I've had the pleasure to read in a long time! Powerful, poignant & perfect! You are indeed a poet.
Reviewed by The Smoking Poet 8/5/2005
Robert, this takes the breath away. I close my eyes and hear the notes... and I see the birds fall from the sky. And the boy by the piano, dreaming in music.
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 6/9/2005

A page of literature for the enrichment of the Major Art.
"A Puccini Dream" is an enjoyable reading and nourishment
for the mind.

Never rest Your pen, Poet!

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 2/25/2004
Exciting prose and visuals. Goodness gracious! Oklahoma is home to some superb poets. My mentor was Robert Kpgan of Norman Oklahome. He was one super human being and moving poet. Without his guidance I would've quit writing a long time ago. If you get the chance, look him up on the net. You'll find him everywhere.

Reviewed by Justareader Offinework (Reader) 2/25/2004
The man was a genius! You honor him and yourself with this outstanding written piece!

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