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Fidelio

Proem:
  
Cannot hold you back
Loathe to let you go †
Throw your violent hips †
Bucking to and fro †
†  
On your stony shoals †
Siren sinking ships †
Spell apocalypse †
With your fingertips †
†  
.. †
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First Act: †
All Things Pass Through Midnight †
With Trepidatious Strides, †
†  
Rain glides down the paned †
Glass, liquid †
Light, †
Pooled †
Into each †
Drop, beneath itís †
Tensile †
Skin, †
Touching opaquely †
Into various shades †
Of the spectrum †
†  
Cars whuff past, with †
Rictus †
Grins, twixt †
A bifold †
Halogen †
Blaze, †
Sheering groundwater †
Into spray †
†  
Bare threads of a smile †
Tug at the tapers †
Of her mouth, as if some †
Laughter, had stirred †
From slumber †
Only to †
Recede, †
Into her depths, †
Without further emergence, †
On this occasion †
†  
Her eyes, their †
Steady train, †
Saying, †
You never want to be †
More, †
Than you are, †
†  
When little else can, †
It comforts †
†  
Moon shadows walk across †
Your quiet mouth, †
The sky is hot †
As rushing blood †
And the earth stands †
Upon a single †
Unsteady †
Toe, having †
Drunk †
Deeply †
Of time, grinding †
On, †
In slow †
Pirouette †
†  
And all around †
Us, borderlines are †
Pushing forward, †
Backward, †
Pencil erasers †
Scrambling, †
To keep up †
†  
Fires engulf homes, †
With manís head †
And †
Locust †
Armors, †
Just like †
It was prophesied †
†  
Stocks are perambulating, †
Like sheet †
Music †
†  
Missiles hum †
In their silos, †
Dreaming †
Of the open †
Air †
†  
Festivities commence †
In a chorus †
Of plastic †
Cups †
†  
A crow folds its wings †
In, †
Angles †
Beak †
Down, †
And commits †
To suicide †
†  
It all seems †
Connected, †
Carefully †
Threaded †
Together, †
Beneath an inadequate †
Jacket †
Summation †
†  
Questions clap my †
Jaw, with a thrown †
Hand †
†  
Gather myself, †
In the aftermath †
†  
Silent †
As electrified tracks, †
†  
Red †
As storm washed †
Iron †
†  
.. †
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First Interlude: †
†  
Ne mogu sderzhat' tebya †  
Nenavizhu otpuskat' tebya †  
Bros'te svoi zhestokiye bedra †  
Raskachivayas' tuda i syuda †
†  
Na tvoikh kamenistykh otmelyakh †  
Sirena tonushchikh korabley †  
Zaklinaniye apokalipsisa †  
Konchikami pal'tsev †
†  
.. †
†  
Second Act: †
White Knuckle Thumb War †
And †
Who Quits the Field †
First, †
†  
There are deaths that occur †
By measure †
Of inches, †
Crushed †
Between us †
†  
Funerals, †
By text †
†  
Iíll compose a †
Requiem, †
By your eyes †
Folded †
Fists, †
Silently †
Brandishing †
Firebrands, †
As you stand, †
Beckoning, †
Just beyond the †
Warmth †
Of light †
†  
Unfunerals †
In the electronic mediumsí †
Block feature, held †
Breaths, †
In the off switch, †
†  
Press †
And hold, †
Itís that †
Easy, †
Nowadays †
†  
Thumbs mounting †
Beneath a chorus of †
Half †
Hearted †
Applause †
†  
One winged †
Angel, pixelated †
Beneath a scratched †
Disk †
†  
In this †
One dimensional †
World, †
Where a breeze never †
Stirred, you have †
Soberly †
Deigned †
To stir †
Poison, †
Into conversational †
Cocktail †
†  
And in a few years †
Iíll fuck someone †
Who looks just †
Like you, †  
Sweats in nightmare †
Fields †
Ablaze with †
Medusae specters and †
Smells, †
Like you †
†  
Walks away †
And moves like you †
†  
Jump into bed, †
Bare feet cold †
From the †  
Threshing †
Floor, †
Burrow in †
And steal †
My warmth †
†  
Our bed †
Might as well be †
The edge †
Of the known †
Universe, †
Swathed in †
Swirling †
Mythical †
Fog, †
Some titanic †
Totenkopf, †
Drawn upon the †
Furthest †
Extremities, †
Of the atlas †
†  
Just give me your †
Hard †
Hands, pale †
Ivory †
And wicked, in their †
Swathe †
Of destruction †
†  
Linger, †
In leisurely †
Usurpation †
†  
I pass through †
You, †
A single †
Dowsing †
Strut, †
In all that †
Deciduous †
Uterine †
Darkness †
†  
Your growling †
Breaths, †
Hold the rancor †
Of hornets †
†  
Trains †
Pass through †
Mountains †
With less †
Momentum †
†  
Sheer white moons †
Stare †
Into a mirror †
Of sea †
And sky, †
Wondering, †
Which rules †
The tides †
††  
.. †
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Second Interlude †
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Kann dich nicht zurŁckhalten †
Hassen, dich gehen zu lassen †
Werfen sie ihre heftigen hŁften †  
Ruckeln hin und her †
†  
Auf deinen steinigen untiefen †  
Sirene versenkt schiffe †  
Zauber apokalypse †  
Mit den fingerspitzen †
†  
.. †
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Third act: †
Step Close †
So That I May Whisper †
Beneath the Din †
Of Noisome Words, †
†  
Worlds of the living and †
Dead, are †
Not separate, †
As black †
Words on †
White †
Canvas, †
They blend, †
Passing into †
One another, †
Like air †
Through lungs †
†  
And as we move †
In smooth †
Hourly †
Circuits, †
Colliding †
In momentary †
Eruptions, †
Flames devour †
The rooms, †
Formerly kept, †  
Blackening, †
Just upon †
Our heels, †
With a wringing †
Grasp †
Of sudden †
Starvation, †
In our absence †
†  
A tree falls †
And trees †
Listen †
†  
And if the sun is lowering †
A naked blade to my †
Neck, †
My shadow †
Will rise up, †
Before me, †
Stretched across this ground †
I chose, †
Tall †
As a plateau †
Tower, thin †
As a diffuse †
Razor †
†  
And allow me †
To confide, †
It is the mirror †
That holds the instrument †
Of our hopes and †
Sum †
Of all fear †
†  
Feel †
The kinesis, †
Of a single step, †
Heroism †
Of getting out †
Of bed, to engage †
The day, amidst the constant †
Clamor †
Of doubt †
And all that †
Say, †
Nay, †
To their dreams †
And then, of course, †
To yours †
†  
Say †
Fie †
And reach for it †
†  
And when I reach for your †
Wanton †
Mouth, I breathe †
My life †
Into you, †
And ask †
For yours †
In return †
†  
The ghost that is holding your †
Left †
Hand, †
Is holding mine, †
To remind us †
To burn †
For each other †
†  
And I clutch the †
Cherubic †
Quiet †
To me, with †
Force †
Of need, even †
When you †
Say, my eyes †
Are deep †
Wells †
Of deceptive †
Calm, open †
Palms, offering †
A deadfall †
†  
We turn out the lights †
That held the darkness †
By the throat, and †
Now, †
It rushes in, †
Howling †
†  
We are swallowed †
Whole, †
Along with †
Everything †
†  
Some unseen tomorrow †
Is digging down, †
Toward us, †
Demanding †
That we hold †
To hope, shouting †
Encouragements †
Lost, †
In the density †
Of the earth †
†  
We huddle †
Together, †
Counting our breaths, †
Counting down †
†  
Laced limbs †
Reciprocate †
Vital presence †
And oscillations †
Of warmth †
†  
The moon rolls †
This earth †
Under its fingers, †
Paint flaking †
From irregular †
Surfaces †
†  
The tail happily †
Wags †
The dog †
†  
Tides are rescuing †
Stranded †
Waters, †
Not suicidal †
Whales, †
The baby is †
Incidental, †
To the bathwater †
†  
Time smooths †
Over baked †
Bread †
†  
A single voice †
Rises, †
In summation, †
A cappella, beneath †
A tendril †
Of jaundiced light †
†  
.. †
†  
Coda: †
†  
Cannot hold you back †
Loathe to let you go †
Throw your violent hips †
Bucking to and fro †
†  
On your stony shoals †
Siren sinking ships †
Spell apocalypse †
With your fingertips †
†  
.. †
†  
Fidelio †
Or †
A Magicianís Opera, †
In Three Acts †
By †
R_Sculptoris
DanielChristensen
Written by DanielChristensen (The Fire Elemental)
Published | Edited 16th Oct 2020
Author's Note
Dedications on this write to DaisyGrace for your generous friendship and to Shadoe, for friendship, inspiration and of course the translations: First Interlude is Russian, Second Interlude is German....
Dedications on this write to DaisyGrace for your generous friendship and to Shadoe, for friendship, inspiration and of course the translations: First Interlude is Russian, Second Interlude is German. I have very little background in either language, but I'm told my pronunciation was pretty good.

Here is a link to help with the content. Fidelio is Beethoven's only opera.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fidelio

Totenkopf is German for a skull and crossbones or death's head.

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