A song, a picture and a poem

11 Jun

A song, a picture and a poem. It’s up to you to decide how they fit together.

Subway Opera

 

I tell myself that I can handle this.

He’s just sick

speaking French to me, frantically

his dark hands fluttering

his chapped lips so close to my cheek

they’ll catch in my hair.

 

This is part of life in this city.

 

I count down from ten

close my book

and then give up my seat,

pushing my way through the

crowds of after work weary.

 

They part, disgruntledly

for me and my French King

who is now following me,

stepping where I step, still

talking

always talking

hands moving.

 

We are stalled here, waiting on the next

express train and then the next

and then the one after that.

 

I step out onto the platform

and cut into the next subway car,

and he comes with me,

my French King.

He is singing me love songs now

 

Je vais vous tuer dans votre sommeil

 

He is promising me a lifetime of love

if he can just bite off the tip of each of my fingers.

He will build me a castle in the clouds

if I will live one year in the tunnels with him and the other  monsters.

His own hands fluttering behind me

in time with my heart.

 

He wants to know why. Why? Why?

Pourquoi? Pourqoui? Ou vas-tu ma chere?

Where? Where?

 

I promise, yes, yes, my King. Whatever you wish.

Just leave me be.

And weave into the next car

 

Where he joins me and it is no better.

People wait and they watch us

waiting for my French King and I to set

down the money can

and perform for you

a broken ragdoll opera

 

I as the Queen

he as the King

 

The steady thump of my heart

is the drumbeat

in this song

 

His French words

the melody

 

My fear,

the high wavering violin that plays for all of us

 

and our dance, lasting well into the night

 

even hours later on the couch,

with my husband’s warm hand on my leg

and the King’s whisper still there

brushing my cheek

cooling the once hot tea in my hand.

 

 

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2 Responses to “A song, a picture and a poem”

  1. Moriah LaChapell June 11, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    Great work Ally!

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