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Thursday, May 30, 2013 09:44 am

operapoem #2

when you hear over WILL that
the opera will start an hour early
you automatically think wagner
and sure enough here come the
leit motifs of sigmund or seigfried
or whoever (our cows never milked
well during ride of the valkyries)
my intro to real stage wagner: a
high school classmate enamored
of opera coached my sibs and me
on the ring cycle for months then
we all took the train to chicago
for a live performance singers and
orchestra oh it was thrilling all right
and we were well prepared but it
got to be eleven our train’s departure
and brunhilde had not yet lain asleep
in her circle of magic fire no way were
we leaving we stayed through the
final bows then took the milk train
home to wisconsin jammed in with
early editions of the tribune no cells
in those days our folks didn’t much
worry just eager for postmortems

©2013 Jacqueline Jackson
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