The Phantom

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Phantom

 

In the Opera House,

he was a lonely figure,

a lonely mouse,

there were dusty drapes, black capes,

soft gray coats,

dinner gloves, black ties,

but loneliness still cries,

he had a passion for Shakespeare,

violent drama,

and classical music he’d share,

a lovely woman caught his eye,

but he was disfigured, ugly, shy,

when he saw her,

she put him in a daze with her still gaze,

he couldn’t offer much,

on the piano he played with a light

but confident touch,

she would hear the music

coming in from the room next door,

and she whispered in the softest voice,

please play some more,

his shadow was haunting,

the night was mysteriously taunting,

to see his face would send him into a rage,

he was the darkness

like an animal in a cage,

only at times, he would sit at the piano,

as if in a spotlight on center stage,

it was that one night,

she saw him,

no grace in his face,

her eyes was numbed with fright,

his mask hid the mystery, a horrible sight,

and she would whisper for help,

words lost in the night,

then fainted, without a fight.

© 2011 Frank Atanacio

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jseven 5 years ago from Michigan

You have a great poetry gift! I like how you paint a visual with words. :)


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citychick 5 years ago from Ulster County, New York

This brings back memories of my favorite play, the Phantom of the Opera. I've seen it three times! Thanks for the memories...


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks Jseven and Citychick for reading :)


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LadyFiddler 4 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Hey this was cool ;)

Have a bless weekend


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Beautifully worded! Brings back memories of that mesmerizing show..... I still can't get that music, and the song out of my mind.

Beautiful and voting up.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks for stopping by ladyfiddelr.. and thank you Lathing for your comment bless you :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Up and awesome Frank!


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you justasksusan :)


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

I love reading your poetry, Frank. It brings out vivid images. Up and sharing.


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Elizabeth Bowers 2 years ago from Tennessee

Beautiful poetry! Sharing and voting up!


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Phyllis, and thank you Elizabeth Bowers for stopping by :)


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Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

This was so full of tragedy and loneliness; you depicted it well.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Anna


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

I had to come back and read again. Phantom of the Opera was one of my favorite movies. I cried more for the Phantom than anything -- I could feel his pain and rejoice in his beautiful gift of music. I love this poem, Frank.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

phyllis thank you for just being sweet bless you

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