Posted by: Ron DuBour | May 25, 2016

Tales of Hoffmann~by Paul F. Lenzi



Tales of Hoffmann


Tales of Hoffmann Illustration by Sergei Sudeikin

three separate loves
prima donnas
distinctive of charms

each one torn
from his heart
unto tragic demise

operatic conceit
a libretto device
of the fabulist

lattice from which
hang the tales
to be sung

these three lovers
three aspects of
one personality

beautiful diva
in clutch of a
villainous lust

she the hero’s own
one and true love
whom he shuns

with caprice of
a mad drunken mind
in sway of his nemesis

leaving him loveless
alone with his muse
and her schemes

the curtain descends
on his destiny
that of a solitaire poet

whose sole inspiration
the personal anguish
of love ever lost


  1. thank you for sharing my poem with your readers

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