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  My Father Sang Caruso
by Lloyd Lofthouse
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Rated "PG13" by the Author.

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On workdays, at three in the morning, I woke up to my father singing while he shaved.


Early morning mist competed
With my father when he sang Caruso.
The tuxedos he wore materialized
Out of thin t-shirts and boxers.

He stood on a world stage weaving
Spells over a secret audience seduced
From my mother’s best friends and
Women scattered here and there
Like the checkers at the Mayflower Market.

Reality arrived like a bony fist
with an unpredictable regularity.
My father retreated into his monk’s
Cell of a bottle where the liquid night
Swallowed him into its nest
Pulled a vanishing act
For months at a time.

By day he orchestrated magic
With heavy equipment
Building the Southland’s storm drains,
A system that washed
Away the agonies of his life.

When he slept,
He dreamed of being
On stage with a flawless Italian voice
Dropping on an audience of women
Like spun sugar
Weaving a spell
Tying them into knots.

My mother didn’t want to know
The truth about my father
Singing Caruso.
 


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Reviewed by David Hightower 7/30/2008
Lloyd - Enjoyed My Father Sang Caruso and its reflections of the many angles of a life. Very few can express them all simultaneously. Thought provoking poem. - David
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/26/2008
This reminds me of my Daddy, he loved to warble opera - thank you, Lloyd. Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by blue soplain 7/26/2008
. .. the simplicity is stunning. .. . taking the everyday and making it epic; what a staggeringly wonderful ability!
+ness
Reviewed by John Flanagan 7/24/2008
A gorgeous piece! "Dropping...like spun sugar..." an exceptional image.
John
Reviewed by Linda Law 7/24/2008
Oh my goodness Lloyd... does it get any better? No wonder you are such a talented writer... you have so much hidden within your memory bank...and even the sadness comes out like a masterpiece painted by a brilliant artiste... I could hear your father singing...as I loved Caruso myself...albeit he was before our time...he was a genius with his voice...and I collected several of his pieces... the music is so scratchy, then and now...and so I began collecting Mario Lanza who was so handsome with his powerful voice... and on I go listening and loving that music; except for entirely different reasons...
Lloyd, your way with words is beyond beautiful. thank you. lindalaw
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 7/24/2008
Visions expressed so vividly yet it contains a lingering sadness....

Be always safe,
Karen
Reviewed by Southern Comfort 7/24/2008
So beautifully expressed! An intense powerful write! A peek into yore Daddy's soul! SC

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