Memories of Turandot (post #3 in my 30 in 30 challenge)

The past is always with us

I think as I pick up

An old playbill

From an evening so long ago

Notes from an aria

Float in the air around me

As I glance at the pages

Warmed by the bittersweet memories

Of love 

loss

and timeless

beauty

I wrote this poem as part of a class assignment for my Therapeutic Writing program. I was experimenting with writing in a cleaner, simpler way (my other poems are more wordy and complex). This poem was inspired by an old opera playbill from Puccini’s “Turandot.”  It’s meaningful to me because I made a special trip to Pensacola to see it with my mom in 2011.  I used to buy my parents season tickets to the Pensacola Opera until my dad passed away in 2008.  It was a bittersweet experience to be going in his place. Turandot features “Nessun Dorma”, the aria that always reminds me of my father. The music and talent were so amazing, it moved me to tears.  Then, a month after the performance, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  So, all of these things flash before me whenever I look at the playbill.  It feels like a little snapshot of a time that holds so many different layers of meaning and feelings for me.

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