Un Ballo in Maschera

At this point in the opera
Renato stabs the king. The sky is open
while the wind sings all the way
down the mountain and along
the street. With so much suspicion in the air
it’s difficult
to tell the betrayed
from the betrayer or the flicker from
the woodpecker hanging
by a claw to the feeder. Why is everything
so complicated?
With the monarch
in disguise, how long will it be
before the votes have all
been counted?
It’s cold. It’s grey. One minute the music
is a comedy, the next
a weeping chorus and the sun
is just another goldfinch singing
from behind a cloud.

David Chorlton has lived in Phoenix since 1978. He grew up in England with watching soccer as a major part of life although he has managed to move on to other interests since then, including reading and writing poetry. Read other articles by David.