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0 posted 2000-06-29 09:03 AM

With broom held tightly in my hand, I swept the large stage floor,
Cleaned up debris accumulated from the night before.
The tenors had been ON last night, of that there was no doubt.
The crowd had been delirious with seats again sold out.

Carreras had been in rare form. Domingo's voice was sweet
And Luciano Pavarotti brought them to their feet.
How blessed I was to work with these great men the whole year through.
Though but a stagehand I felt that I was important, too.

I heard the echo of her footsteps down the center aisle
And looked to see a gorgeous face with such a brilliant smile.
I took my hat off quickly, did my best to stand up tall.
One tries to look one's best when Sarah Brightman comes to call.

"Excuse me, sir," I heard her say. "Could you please help me out?
I need to know if, by chance, Pavarotti is about."
"I'm sorry, Ms. Brightman," I said, voice filled with regret.
"The three of them went out to lunch and haven't come back yet."

"Oh, no!", she cried. "He promised me that, if I came along,
He'd have the time to help me to rehearse my newest song.
The edges are still rough, I fear, the ending not yet clean.
Bocelli and I perform next week a duet for the Queen."

"Ms. Brightman." I said, not believing that the voice was mine,
"Forgive me if I seem to be a little out of line.
Though I'm no Pavarotti, I've had some experience
And I'd be glad to join you, if you care to take the chance."

A look of absolute surprise showed up on Sarah's face.
A lesser woman would have laughed but Sarah held her grace.
I saw a tiny twinkle in the corner of her eye.
She said, "All right, my stagehand friend, let's give this thing a try."

From out of nowhere someone sat there at the baby grand.
Ms. Brightman  took a sheet of music, placed it in my hand.
I stood there, shaking so bad I could barely hold the page.
Just me and Sarah Brightman, there - alone - on center stage.

The music started. She began, her voice so rich and clear
I half expected rainbows and an angel to appear.
Then my turn came. I made a small prayer to my virgin saint
That she would give me strength enough to not fall down and faint.

I felt the notes escape my lips  and hover in the air.
Ms. Brightman's eyes grew twice their size, sheer pleasure in her stare.
My voice was so melodious, so rich in harmony,
It seemed impossible that it was coming out of me!

We sang. Oh, how we sang! Two perfect voices intertwined.
Her face was lit in rapture and I'd no doubt so was mine.
Her voice rose up and so did mine. Her voice fell. Mine did,too.
So synchronized the song came from one throat instead of two.

By now we both were crying. Tears came streaming from our eyes
And still the notes came pouring out and rising to the skies.
By this time we were lovers, hearts and souls completely bared,
Orgasmic, this kaleidascope of passion we now shared.

No world existed that we knew outside of this one song.
No life or death, no rich or poor, not even right or wrong.
My turn - her turn - then both together. On and on it went
And, by the time it ended, we were both completely spent.

We stood there for a second, stunned by what had taken place,
Survivors of a bomb blast would have worn that kind of face,  
And though it would have pleasured me to stand there until dawn,
She whispered, "Thank you, stagehand friend", then turned and she was gone.

I hadn't known it at the time but, midway through it all,
The tenors had returned from lunch and stood there in the hall.
Their faces were in shocked amazement as we sang along,
Then all rushed in, applauding, at the ending of the song.

"Bravo!", Domingo shouted out. Carreras yelled, "Bravo!"
And Pavarotti came to me, his face was all aglow.
"Bravo", he smiled, admiringly. "What music you two make!"
He clasped my shoulders in his hands. Then he began to shake……

He shook. He shook! "Wake up, my boy! This is no time to sleep.
If I recall, we're paying you to use your broom and sweep!"
He smiled, "Come on, my weary friend, get up and get to it.
Don't want to see your favorite tenor slip into the pit!"

Oh, no! It hadn't been at all the wonder it had seemed.
'Twas nothing but a figment of a weary stagehand's dream!
The tenors chuckled, smilingly, then turned and walked away
To leave me by myself to face the harshness of the day.

I walked across the empty stage where Sarah and I stood.
Though nothing but a fantasy,  the memories tasted good.
I looked out  at the audience, acknowledged their "Encore!!",
Then deeply bowed to empty seats and - smiling - swept the floor.

© Copyright 2000 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
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since 1999-05-20
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Cape Cod Massachusetts USA
1 posted 2000-06-29 09:18 AM

Thanks for reposting this one, Deer - It's one of my all time favorites...
Member Elite
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United Kingdom
2 posted 2000-06-29 09:20 AM

Mine too Nan..   I really can visualise it..


Seymour Tabin
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Tamarac Fla
3 posted 2000-06-29 09:42 AM

One of my favorites to.

linda munday
since 2000-06-17
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Adelaide, Australia
4 posted 2000-06-29 09:59 AM

Balladeer, you simply stun me... I cannot express easily how well you write.
If I could achieve half of what you do with words then I would be one happy chickadee.
How do you write so many?  I put a new one on today, if you get a chance take a look, I really value your comments.... and i can take constructive help.  thanks.
Linda M. (The Pearl and the Diver)

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Listening to every heart
5 posted 2000-06-29 11:06 AM

{~,^} thank you...


~~~Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.
Helen Keller ~~~

When you want to be loved, look within...KRJ

Janet Marie
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6 posted 2000-06-29 01:19 PM

YOU ROCK!!!!!!
this was SO COOL!!!
and SO perfect!!
take another bow--poetic god
later cool-gator

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7 posted 2000-06-29 01:38 PM

This is a beautiful story, my friend. I hope my *vote* helps it get into the book!

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." -Oscar Wilde
"The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief" -Shakespea

since 2000-06-21
Posts 84
Bekkestua, Norway
8 posted 2000-06-29 06:03 PM

Another gem..  


"Luck affects everything. Let your hook always be cast; in the stream where you least expect it there will be a fish."
Ovid (BC 43-18 AD)

Andrew Scott
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since 1999-06-24
Posts 2558
9 posted 2000-06-29 06:38 PM

Ah Yes... I remember it so. Really enjoyed it the first time around... doubly so this time too.  Consider your ticket punched... in a nice sort of way.  
Member Patricius
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Glen Hope, PA USA
10 posted 2000-06-29 10:06 PM

I knew this one as soon as I saw the title...a vote from me is the least I can do  
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Posts 265
11 posted 2000-06-29 10:14 PM

Great poem Balladeer - I really enjoyed reading it  

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Blue Heaven
12 posted 2000-06-29 10:24 PM

Perhaps you felt my presence as well,
as my fingers on the ivory fell....
Where would we be without dreams?
A sure winner. I love it.

Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito. - Virgil.
"Yield thou not to adversity, but press on the more bravely".

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Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
13 posted 2000-06-30 12:36 PM

I thank you all for your gracious comments  
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14 posted 2000-06-30 01:01 AM

You are so good!
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15 posted 2000-06-30 02:45 AM

Well, hadn't seen this one before, but Bal, do you mind if I call you Bal. Thats not short for ballereena is it...well just checking..... I must admit you sure have a give for the weave...... wake up man your dreaming again...were paying you to be a moderator.


I voted while you were sleeping.

Jeffrey Carter
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State of constant confusion!
16 posted 2000-06-30 03:20 AM

Damn' it "Deer" you are making it extremely hard for me to pick my favorite of yours
Every time I think I've found it you post another that just blows me away
As of this moment this is my favorite of yours, at least until you post another

All my love,

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17 posted 2000-06-30 08:32 PM

My all time favorite of yours, Balladeer! BRAVO!!  


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Florida's Foreverly Shores
18 posted 2000-06-30 08:47 PM


~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~

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The Hague, The Netherlands
19 posted 2000-07-01 08:03 AM

Yes, one of my favourite too !
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Coastal Texas
20 posted 2000-07-01 08:39 AM

Simpy put: Beautiful.


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since 1999-12-27
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21 posted 2000-07-01 11:01 AM

Absolute perfection, my dear fellow...and that last line~ Bravo!

~ Claire

Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?......Henry David Thoreau

Elizabeth Santos
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since 1999-11-08
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22 posted 2000-07-01 06:24 PM

And now, my friend, I am bowing to you. This is wonderful, and the first time I've read it.A masterpiece among many.

doreen peri
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since 1999-05-25
Posts 3812
23 posted 2000-07-01 06:51 PM

I think Mrs. Brightman was one lucky lady to have had the opportunity to sing with that stagehand!

Again, you have swept me up with your verse... I've always loved this one... glad you posted it for the book... my vote's in!

And, btw, did you post "Statue in Central Park" in this forum for Voices? I didn't see it... if you didn't, could you? I'd like to see that one in print, too...

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"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx

[This message has been edited by doreen peri (edited 07-01-2000).]

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24 posted 2000-07-16 05:02 AM

Becaause I'm a stupid whatsit..*g* I forgot to vote on this and can't edit my post as I'm out of the 24 hours, so I'm back to cast that lost vote..


since 2000-04-12
Posts 268
Backwaters of Avalon
25 posted 2000-07-16 07:44 AM

It's great deer.. it's difficult to incorporate conversations into a poem and you did it in perfect style!, every thing flowed and rhymed... gotta vote for this one. do hope the dream of your stagehand come true though  

- James
The beauty of nature is displayed,
not through itself,
but through the creatures
dwelling within its bosom.

Sudhir Iyer
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since 2000-04-26
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Mumbai, India : now in Belgium
26 posted 2000-07-16 07:49 AM

Claps all around
Applauding the artist
HURRAHS abound...


regards, sudhir

Irish Rose
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since 2000-04-06
Posts 10263

27 posted 2000-07-16 11:24 AM

The rhymn to your ballads are impeccable. The fantasy touch was simply radiant. I mean, who wouldn't love it? I was so caught up in this, I felt the song, the tears, and the cold slap of reality at the ending!!
It was quite frankly, orgasmic.
God love ya !!!!


since 2000-05-12
Posts 367

28 posted 2000-07-16 08:21 PM

It's poetry like this
that makes me smile
and want to cheer...
It's writing like this
that make me think
and wonder what I
am doing here.

Some poets here are so
good and I can't quite
rhyme it anymore...
Now that my gentle muse
has gone
I'll let the rest of you
have the floor.

Wonderful writing Balladeer!  


~My Skipper Jim
I love you!
Your Lady June~

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29 posted 2000-07-17 02:19 PM

ooops found one of yours without my vote...cant' have that now can we? besides I love this one  
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30 posted 2000-07-18 03:31 AM


[This message has been edited by Gossamerwings (edited 07-18-2000).]

X Angel
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31 posted 2000-07-20 12:25 PM

you are such a wonderful poet 'Deer, I am so happy that I get be in a place like Passions where I get to see your work anytime I want! WOW! Thanks for this poem, and all the others, they are totally awesome!


Heather Miller
since 2000-07-19
Posts 409
Bryan, Ohio USA
32 posted 2000-07-20 12:36 PM

Very good, Wonderful dream, to bad we have to wake up sometimes huh?

With God all things are possible.

Yu Lan
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since 2000-04-13
Posts 1462
New Zealand
33 posted 2000-07-22 08:55 PM

Wow deer.. this is great.. ^_^ this is the first of yours I have read, i don't know how I could have missed your poetry before.. I loved this.. ^_^



"He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened." Lao-tsu

Fred Hobbs
since 1999-06-08
Posts 329
Tallahassee, Florida, US
34 posted 2000-07-22 09:50 PM


To sing with Sarah Brightman is a fantasy worthy of a fine poem and this one measures up completely.  As always Mike, you're the best.


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New York, USA
35 posted 2000-07-23 12:20 PM

Echoing all of the above...adding a WOW.  Bonnie
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36 posted 2000-07-24 12:23 PM

and i thought it was all real till this line:

"From out of nowhere someone sat there at the baby grand"  .......

I'm glad someone appreciates our English talent!!

well done Mr Deer


Member Patricius
since 1999-07-05
Posts 10750
Glen Hope, PA USA
37 posted 2000-07-24 08:44 PM

Another of my favorites Balladeer  
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