The Fiddler Of Père Lachaise

The Fiddler Of Père Lachaise

A Poem by Doodley
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Undying Art.

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Cloaked against the Gallic dusk,
Where air chills deep from salty brine,
He drifts along like scented musk,
Perfumed by winds off Mother Seine.

Through the haunting maze of Père Lachaise,
Along the avenues of cobblestone,
Where art still breathes and artisans lay,
In eternal rest from flesh to bone.

He walks the path of a billion feet,
A pilgrim of art with homage to pay,
To all those passed who can't rise to greet,
The birthing of light on each newborn day.

For here lies the remnants of masters of song,
Of writers and poets who breathed life on to page,
Of painters, sculptors and musicians of long,
Whose gifts they impart through the passing of age.

On a gentle rise he climbs upon a tomb,
The Stradivarius at hand he lifts to his chin,
As the audience sleeps hushed in their nightly cocoon,
And darkness enshrouds as cloud mist rolls in.

Steadfast Polaris illumes where he stands,
An effigy of calmness with head bowed to pray,
As the bow rises silently to rest against strands,
And with deft nimble fingers does he begin to play.

Mournful notes of beauty rise into the air,
To fall to hallowed ground merged with midnight dew,
To comfort all those gone before in a blanket of classical prayer,
A longing tune of sorrowful love for all the chosen few.

Into the depths of night does his toiling violin weep,
Purring sighs that caress the heart as soft as windswept cotton,
To ease the souls that now reside in halls of perpetual sleep,
And to remind them all their gifts of art shall never be forgotten.

When bloated sun spills first light and beams on sacred ground,
The fiddler fades in daylight haze to pass into the nether,
He leaves behind no mortal sign just notes of broken sound,
That glide upon the rising wind and float away as feather.

For he lived for love of undying art and undying shall he be,
Immortalized forevermore in memories that never fray,
Now the pilgrims come from all the Earth across the distant sea,
To hearken to the haunting tune of the Fiddler of Père Lachaise.

© 2017 Doodley



Author's Note

Doodley
Just playing around with expanding meter.
Père Lachaise = Pair La-Shay.
Any comments are appreciated.

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I am not a big fan of expanding meter, however, your style is superb and your placement of words in the stanza is pleasing to me. I felt present in your world. great job. I would have liked to have read your non-expanded version. It would have been even better in my opinion.

Posted 7 Months Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Doodley

7 Months Ago

Thank you for reading and reviewing, Mehameha. I understand your sentiments on expanding meter. Not .. read more
Mehameha

7 Months Ago

I totally get it. I knew exactly your intent. And that was the connection for me. I shall have to re.. read more



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Never do you disappoint. I love reading your work. Thanks for sharing!

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Doodley

6 Months Ago

Thank you for reading and reviewing, OhSnapShley. I appreciate your time and kind words.
I love the rhyming, love the descriptions, love the subject. Love it. Very clever!

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Doodley

6 Months Ago

Thank you for reading and reviewing, ellemorell. I appreciate the very kind praise.
I always get a tad nervous when i get a read request from you Doodley cos I know the piece will be very good. Left in awe again the first and last two stanzas brilliant, brilliant, awe inspiring stuff to read ,the others sadly are just brilliant lol. Too good Doodley!

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Doodley

6 Months Ago

Thank you for reading and reviewing, Andrew. I appreciate your very kind praise and apologise for an.. read more
Well you absolutely nailed it!!!!! And with an amazing story-line attached!!!! Truly enjoyed the resonance factor of this, it certainly had a haunted feel from opening line to last. More than that, it had a very sacred quality, sacrificial almost, an offering made for only those select few, but which offers a siren call to all.

Greatly enjoyed reading this piece. It very nearly took me back to my first reading of "The Highwayman" in grade school, and for that I thank you greatly. I would place yours right on par.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Doodley

6 Months Ago

Thank you for reading and reviewing, Poetic License. Extremely kind words for this piece. I will be .. read more
Sunbae , This is really a beautiful piece and I would want to read this again and again to absorb it's content more in depth. It is never easy to write a beautiful piece like this but you always manage to write it wonderfully. One can certainly feel the effort behind this writing. Great content, great imagery and great rhyming. In fact I learnt the importance and emphasis of rhyming from your words and poetry.
An artist never dies. He remains alive in his work. I absolutely enjoyed reading this tale of a Fiddler.
Mindblowing work as always, Doodley.
Splendid poetry :-)

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Doodley

6 Months Ago

Thank you for reading and reviewing, Manasvini. I appreciate your time and kind words. Thanks for st.. read more
Wow! I love these lines you got in here. It gives me a cold wind somehow like a ghost of a matter. That violin sound on Père Lachaise. The imagery is so great it took me to a whole world of death and music. Well done.

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Doodley

7 Months Ago

Thank you for reading and reviewing, Capolavoro. I appreciate the kind words. Welcome to my poetic d.. read more
What a great inspirational story that should never be forgotten like your wonderful poetry. Your gift of poetry keeps expanding and sharing. You are making history through the passing of age...:).............

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Doodley

7 Months Ago

Thank you for reading and reviewing, Sami. Your kind words and feedback is always appreciated.
Sami Khalil

7 Months Ago

You are welcome. Any time....::::))))
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Gee
Enjoyed this very much Doodley, not a three minute write I presume. A good tale told well in rhyming verse.
You're good, and getting better...

Posted 7 Months Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Doodley

7 Months Ago

Thank you for reading and reviewing, Gee. You were certainly spot on about this not being a three mi.. read more
Gee

7 Months Ago

Are we, any of us, truly happy with anything we write. Although simple and quickly written I am alwa.. read more
Very surreal and haunting to the core. To the uninformed this is a mockery of her ignorance, because the content is so deep, both in knowledge and in philosophy. Your poetry is matchless, exceptional and a reminder to mediocrity that there is a lot more that has to be achieved. The Fiddler's gait, actions and thoughts have been vividly captured and it would take only a doyen of poetry to do so.

Speechless. Spellbound.

Best,
M.

Posted 7 Months Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Mallika Relives

7 Months Ago

Haha, how are you this good, Sir, in coining words and phrases like this?
Doodley

7 Months Ago

Was hit on the head by an apple like Newton.
Mallika Relives

7 Months Ago

Oh? I thought 'twas a sweet sugary donut. :D
Beautiful use of words and description. Made the place and character come alive. Thank you Doodley for sharing the outstanding poetry.
Coyote

Posted 7 Months Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Doodley

7 Months Ago

Thank you for reading and reviewing, Coyote. I appreciate your support and kind words for this piece.. read more
Coyote Poetry

6 Months Ago

I enjoyed this one and you are welcome.

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