CANDIDA

Posted by Admin on Tuesday, 16th May 2006, 00:00

I lay relaxed, my mind attuned
to Chopin’s nocturne soothingly
caressed from muted strings.

My mind at ease, I asked from life
no boon, but let contentment like
a healing balm then permeate my soul.

Then thoughts unbidden filled the brief
lacuna in my brain – recalled the night
the sylphides danced, and you and I,
clandestinely, were there to share
the magic hour.

O poignant past! But memory much
mellowed by the years then brought
from my illicit youthful love no
residue of pain, for that bright stage
no longer stands – its last scene played,
its last line said: nor echoes there
applauding hands, and I am old –
while you my first, my only love,
dear Candida, are long since dead.

Also appears as “Bachelor’s Reverie” with slight variations – added 6th July 2008.

T. C. Hudson

© T. C. Hudson.

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