The Hector Berlioz Website

a poem


David Chirko

© 2005 David Chirko

Life, for the Romantic, is a gallant dream not waking,
whose Knights In White never dismount from melody;
their stallions, the inamorata of love’s aching,
where artistic delirium is a ride of minuet to threnody.

Blossoming early, an apparition in pink shoes;
with hair like a coiffure, containing rivers, magic
and eyes of angels, parading under its blues;
my memory of whom became a Symphony Fantastic.

In the Second Movement of manhood, in the Halls Of My Symphony
my haunting eyes caught your aloofness, and opened your bosom;
like a soft and sad waterfall, your voice reached me
and returned like your sojourn, across the sea, so lonesome.

Yes, I must always seek the ultimate ideal -
An idee fixe, never leaving my dreams, how unreal.

Ah, so back in the softness of a real life experience,
Camille, you are the fuel of a fantasy come true,
but once again, in the theatre, those lovesome moments
harken the return of my manhood’s vision, anew.

But even goddesses are battered in their invalid years,
so I love and lose another in a tragedy, pastoral;
at a visit to Love’s Twin Valleys of Death, in tears,
my eyes then sober, ensnaring a last femme fatale.

Beside Harriet, Marie, and finally, Amelie, I lie
gone with each lily awakening of love, still wet
for my childhood love is the finale who will never die -
Estelle, you’re in my memories, I won’t forget.

David Chirko 
Sudbury, Ontario 

We are most grateful to Mr David Chirko for sending us a copy of this poem. 

Mr Chirko is an artist and a poet. He has been painting since 1981. His publications include: Selected and Collected, 1978; Another Collection of Poems, 1978; and Flaming Angels of Spring, 2004.

See also a profile of David Chirko on the Ontario Poetry Society’s website and a sample of his recent paitings at:

You may like to know that David Chirko is the November 2005’s featured poet on the website of the Canadian Federation of Poets.

The Hector Berlioz Website was created by Monir Tayeb and Michel Austin on 18 July 1997; this page created on 1 January 2005.

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