August 31, 2015

Cio Cio San

Peonies. William Merrit Chase. 1897
Forget Dumas’ Dame Aux Camelias.
I am Puccini’s geisha condemned to the chrysanthemum and the sword.

The first tragedy of Nagasaki, waiting for a tiny thread of smoke to appear
Yet the horizon reveals nothing but a butterfly-blue sky.

No little maid from school am I.
I am old, yet a child.
Godspeed Pinkerton, your memory fades


written for Magpie Tales 283

4 comments:

Gemma Wiseman said...

"I am Puccini’s geisha condemned to the chrysanthemum and the sword..." What an engaging persona. A voice with inner strength.

Rosey Pinkerton said...

With references to my favourite opera Madama Butterfly in the first verse and me in the last, I found this piece absolutely fascinating!

DEE DEE said...

so powerful & beautiful. Loved it

Sandra said...

lovely!