Underground Opera by Catherine

Friday Fictioneers – Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

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PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Underground Opera by Catherine

A free spirit and gentle voice, her echoes of joy
reverberated beneath the rumble of the motorway.
Its pillars tremble holding the stress of life’s loads.
Too much for her to bear, she had lost her way,
and in destitution she discovered our desolation row.
‘Catherine the Homeless’ sang opera to us; sewers of life.
We listened to her music of the night, by our flickering fire light,
and prayed as we cremated her body and earthly remains.
We scattered her ashes around the headstone on her swan song stage,
tearfully enchanted as her soul sang, through the midnight breeze.

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36 responses to “Underground Opera by Catherine

  1. Poignant and beautifully written.

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  2. Beautifully written.

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  3. what a touching tribute. felt every word. well done.

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  4. The tragic stage of human drama. Beautifully written.

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  5. I can almost see her downfall… the last steps and the friends that she kept. wonderful lyrics… and the desolation row brings back the text by Bob Dylan (which I think was about a lynching)

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  6. After I pushed post I thought of something else.
    I like the way her friends honored her.

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  7. The song lives no matter the circumstances. We just have to listen.

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  8. Beautiful imaginative take. Her swan song stage. Wonderful.

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  9. I really like the lyrical mood, and the whole concept of an opera to celebrate the passing of a comrade, esteemed by her community in unlikely circumstances. Most imaginative.

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  10. That was beautiful. Thank you.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  11. Ahh what a creative take on the photo! I didn’t even realize the poem didn’t rhyme because it was so lyrical in and of itself that I sang it in my head as I read it. Wonderfully done, James!

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  12. This was absolutely lovely, James.

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  13. Outstanding in every way!

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  14. She was obviously someone of note that the people wanted to honour her so. Nice story

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  15. My favorite story this week. I hope my bridge dweller gets a proper send off too.
    Tracey

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  16. Sharon Frame Gay

    Beautiful, James. I loved it.

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  17. Catherine brought some joy to the life of homeless. People she brought joy to honoured her after death.

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  18. Something a bit different James, nicely done.

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  19. Lyrical. I almost expected the words to rhyme

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    • Yes I wanted to make it rhyme at first, and then decided that opera was more about the musical version of a story. I kept in line tones and alliterations to form sounds. But then again I might be talking tosh. Thanks for reading and your comment.

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