I was inspired to write this poem while watching Shakespeare in Love. It is one of my favorite movies of all-time. My goal was to create a new type of mythic legend involving the sight and sound of thunder and lightning as tragic star-crossed lovers as in Greek mythology. I’m not altogether sure I was successful in this admittedly ambitious endeavor but as they say in England I gave it a go.
Note: Listen to the song “Curtain Call” from the film at the bottom of the poem for best effect. It is what I listened to as I composed my opus.
GLIMMERS OF HOPE
In the distance, among the vast darkness of night;
Sparkle two glimmers of hope—rays of love’s light.
Separated by thousands of miles, but connected by heart.
All that is needed is but a spark—some kind of start.
Two lost souls searching their whole life thru for one another.
Finding the wrong ones at every turn instead of each other.
Still, they never have given up their dream—their hope.
They do fear the noose at the end of their rope.
Time indeed flies when you are waiting for your true love to find you.
So you begin to look for your other half for it’s all you can do.
Missed opportunities abound as your stars cross.
Will Cupid bless you or shall you both call it a loss?
Nothing of such merit and sheer joy comes without a price.
This is when settling for less begins to temp you and entice.
The pitch black of hopelessness begins to cover your existence.
The flickering light begins to fade with less and less resistance.
Two angels, once bright as the sun, begin their eclipse.
Losing their dreams of touching hands—and tasting lips.
Yet, the light that fills their heart remains afire!
Nothing but uniting will quench this desire.
Their souls continue to soar—to burn up the sky.
When they do finally meet, they instantly sigh.
They feel something new, something just.
They know they belong together—they must!
Thus, the two glimmers of hope merge and unite.
A thunderbolt of light from heaven fills the black night.
So remember these lovers whenever there is lightning and thunder.
It is these glimmers searching for each other with hope and wonder!
© 5/2/2000 Doriano Carta
This piece of music called “Curtain Call” from the movie especially inspired me