I burn to pour a thousand drops of nectar in your ear

I burn to pour a thousand drops of nectar in your ear;

To wrap you in a filament of words, and doing this

Make your senses reel until you need must

Stay your soaring mind, your body thus,

Against a common prop;

Lean your trembling right hand against a wooden chair

A mundane artefact, lest your soul expires

In blissful transports of literary delights.

Your left hand pressed against your heaving breast,

Scarce daring to allow these words of mine

Should so transport you to another plane.

This hub is simply an exercise in self indulgence.

I wrote the poem, which I hope you will like, and then to add some sort of a backdrop to the emotion which I was attempting to convey, I though I would search among the pieces of music which gave the feeling of Love. Love given, received and perhaps, withheld, but definitely Love.



Marilyn Horne

I am aware that that dear oaf, Samson, for all his physical power and prowess with the jawbone of an ass, would have found neither the time nor the intelligence to put pen to paper, so poor Delilah, no doubt, would have waited somewhat in vain for the Biblical postman to arrive on her doorstep with a hastily scratched Love Letter from his good self.

Grace Bumbry

But this, as I said, is an exercise in self indulgence and I thought, my friends:

“I love these versions of the aria ‘Mon coeur s'ouvre á ta voix’ from the opera ‘Samson and Delilah' by Camille Saint-Saëns.

I hope you come to love them as much as I”.

Regina Resnik

All of the above may make my little eleven liner pale into insignificance, but as I said; this is an exercise in self indulgence, and it's my hub and I'll do what I want with it.

Jessye Norman

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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

It's my party, and I'll cry if I want to. Cry if I want to, cry if I want to.


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prashant angiras 5 years ago from shimla(india)

i liked the poem and operas..


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

Ian, your literary elegance is multi-faceted. I knew you were talented, but you drop prose the same way Shakespear divines a play. Effortlessly.


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Good morning,

Ian this poem displays desire and yearning that may take ones breath away. The video of Grace singing is beautiful. While I do not know much about opera, I do appreciate the gift and beauty it brings.

Thank you for sharing this beautiful hub.

Sunnie


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

"Yeah, Right!" as they say, Mike.

I have always been a spoiled, self centred little soul, but I didn't know what an amazing vehicle HP would be for expresssing that endearing side to my character. So now I am prepared to give it full rein.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

prashant angiras, thank you for enjoying my love of these particular areas, and many, many thanks for your liking of my poem.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Augustine, you are so kind, I lap up that sort of comment like mothers' milk.

I am so glad you found me through the lovely Sunnie Day.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you, Sunnie. I appreciate your comments.

It was Grace Bumbry's voice that really made me love opera even more than when my mother had encouraged me.

The Jessye Norman version, is amazing... the power and the drama of her singing, and its intensity wiped me out. This is the first time I have heard her singing 'Softly awakes my heart'. I should have had someone singing it in English. It is heartbreakingly beautiful in that language also.


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Make your senses reel until you (your ?) needs must


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Nikkij504gurl 5 years ago from Louisiana

I loved the poem! It gives me the feeling of longing. very artistic and seems like from a time long long ago. Beautiful work, it should be painted on a wall in a museum or something and make everyone feel as though in another time and place (plane) and yes I caught the same error as mckbirdbks is pointing out. but we meant what you knew. lol great hub.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Mike, you are a writer's dream.

Thank you.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Nikki (and Mike) it makes me so happy when someone picks out an error of carelessness on my part. It really means that you are reading and enjoying, and see the break in continuity when I make a mistake.

Thank you.


Becky 5 years ago

I love this poem. Very eloquent and the music is sublime.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Becky, I love that music as well. And thank you for the very kind comment about the poem. It pales into insignificance against the Saint Sans, but I put myself out there, didn't I?

I enjoyed doing it so much that I am already planning another selection of bits of music to share with people. People like you, my friend, and thought I might concentrate on a particular singer this time, rather than four different singers interpreting a particular song. as in the last one.

Marilyn Horne, perhaps. What do you think?


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Lady Wordsmith 5 years ago from Lancaster, UK

Did you write that poem? Cor! It's bloody good, innit?! I thought you were sharing the work of one of your favourite poets, really I did.

I was about to post a poem on here that I had written a few months ago, but I'm not going to now, because it's pap, now that I've read yours :)

Thank you for the opera and the art - you are an invaluable asset, in my musical education in particular. I like these self-indulgent hubs - we get to know a person that little bit more by partaking in a little of their joy.

Beautiful.

Lx.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

I do not lie, Linda. I AM one of my favourite poets.

But you may notice that in all humility, I say that I am ONE of my favourites. No my favourite. Ha ha!

Please publish yours,. I would love to read it.

You are right about getting to know what a person is like by what floats their boat. (Ungrammatical, I know)

I used to look at the books on a person's bookshelves, to try to gauge what that person was like... now I look at his/her DVD collection.

Ian

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Lady Wordsmith 5 years ago from Lancaster, UK

Excellent, and quite right. We should enjoy our own writing, otherwise there's no point to it at all.

I might publish it - I think I'll do a bit of work on it. It says what I want to say, but it doesn't flow as nicely as I would like.

My bookshelves would tell about the kind of person I would LIKE to be, because so many of the beautiful works are still unread (I'm working through them slowly). My DVD collection tells about the person I could have been, because I prize most the films and shows that I wish I'd been in.

Going to take a look at that poem :)

Linda.


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Lady Wordsmith 5 years ago from Lancaster, UK

I've posted me little poetical effort. It don't rhyme, and it don't got no rhythm, but it'll do. :)

It's called 'Some thoughts on strangers'.

Lx.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

I have just finished writing a hub... another self indulgent hub for which I make no apologies... but before I publish it, I am going to look at. 'Some thought on Strangers'

Ian

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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

So many magnificent phrases, but this is the most lovely: ". . . To wrap you in a filament of words . . . "

You really have created beauty here, and whether or not it's self-indulgent is beside the point.

The music is divine. Each rendition had me saying "this one is best". But after all were heard, I'm hooked on Jessye Norman's. Even the way she approached the singing of it was part of the elegance and expressiveness of her presentation. She makes the others look wooden and as though mouthing the words. Hers expressed it all. The English subtitles on hers didn't hurt, either - but my response would be the same either way.

Simply ethereal.


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rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay

What a delight to see on HP. Beautiful; love, love, love the poem and the music. Thank you for sharing!


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Nellie, I agree wholeheartedly, She has a magnificent persona and a voice that makes a frisson within me every single time. Her last three sets:

"Sanson?" Plangent, sweetly pleading)

"Sanson!" (Demanding)

"Je t'aime!!" (A magnificent statement)

I agree, the others are beautiful, but there is not the raw power of emotion and love and inner turmoil.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Rebekah, I have missed your presence. It seems so long since I received your kind words, or your support. Great to see you back. You were one of my very first "encouragers".

Thank you for like in the poem, but I am equally as happy to share my taste in music with discerning friends.


ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

I'm not an opera fan, but the poem was awesome, over the top cool. Thanks for sharing it!


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you for the very kind comment. I tend to run away with ideas, and anywhere else, it would matter, but when I get a nice remark like that it makes my day.

Thank you.


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Astra Nomik 5 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

What a curious mix of poetry and classical music. I enjoyed this. :)


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you. And thank you for finding me. "Whatever rocks your boat," as they say. And this rocks mine.


Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

It might be self indulgence for you, but it does not appear. The images are so fresh, wordplay so beautiful.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Binaya, thank you for coming here and reading and making that lovely comment.

Coming from a very capable poet, that makes your comment more worthwhile.


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

Exquisite wording Ian :]

Lovely combination of words, which is something you're a master at


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you, Ben. From you, that is a double compliment. I appreciate your visit.


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

I haven't visited you nearly enough!


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

You know you are always welcome, as I know that when i visit yhou I am going to find real quality.


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Storytellersrus 5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Loved it! It was so absorbing as to pull me beneath the second painting, expecting more. To my disappointment, there was none. What an exercise that would have been.

Still, I am satisfied.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Storytellersrus, this hub, well the musical parts, anyhow, were an exercise in pure self indulgence. I love words, as you most probably have deduced already.

So than you for coming to sop some of them up from where I have left them to be enjoyed.

I hope you did enjoy them,

Ian


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QudsiaP1 5 years ago

Loved it... :P


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Yay! (Says he appreciatively).

Thanks for your visit, Looking forward to your next.

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