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The Contralto

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Corinne
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The Contralto

Waking minutes became hours,
months, then years all spent
under thumbs of dominant dons,
now she wonders where her life went.

No playtime in the yards of friends,
countless days she stood by the piano,
practicing with perfect passion,  
to become the next diva soprano.

She sang in Salzburg, they loved her in Vienna,
played to a sold-out house at the Met,
but all the while something was missing,
a troubling air she could not forget.

Toured far-off cities, roses at her feet,
but always returned alone to her suites,
ordering room service, watching TV,
or walking the early morning streets.

Then something strange occurred,
her voice lost its upper range,
as if mirroring her emotions,
and an abrupt midlife change.

Depression descended and
loneliness overwhelmed,
desire faded, stage lights dimmed,
no longer the queen of the realm.

Her last performance a joke,
the social column read the next day,
“So long soprano, been good to know you,
but who needs a Contralto, anyway?”

These dreams were never hers,
her parents had lived vicariously,
she thought of her many regrets,
cried until she laughed hysterically.

© 2000 CM Bailey

© Copyright 2000 Corinne - All Rights Reserved
Nan
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Interesting.... I really hope she realizes that she now has a reprieve - and she can still do all the "stuff" she's always dreamed of..  
hoot_owl_rn
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Oh Girl...I do love your style  
Corinne
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3 posted 04-12-2000 11:32 AM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corinne

Thanks, Nan!

Hoot, love yours too!

Corinne
Seymour Tabin
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4 posted 04-12-2000 11:36 AM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Corinne,
Wonderfully done. Your talant is showing on this one. *L*
Denise
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This is excellent, Corinne! I love it!

Denise
JamesMichael
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Very lovely your concerns for this now set free lady of song.  James
 
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