Christine and The Phantom

November 10, 2021 at 9:37 pm (books, Entertainment, Film, Folklore, Literature, Poetry) (, , , )

Christine Daae rehearsing

She sang accompanied by no pianist
Her melodious voice
As sweet as the nightingale
A voice which shone light
through the use of vocal cords.

A voice which called to one in darkness
A voice which called one to come up
out of the darkness
And in the labyrinths
below the Palais Garnier
The Phantom heard
and came up out of the darkness.

-A poem written by Christopher
Wednesday November 10th
2021.

18 Comments

  1. Dave Williams said,

    Lovely, a song to a song of light and hope.

  2. Judy Kim said,

    I love your exquisitely graceful poem, Christopher. πŸ™β€οΈ

  3. Hyperion said,

    Lovely poem, my friend. I felt uplifted as well.

  4. Marlapaige said,

    This is a poem that speaks to a passion deep within me. This is a beautiful play full of exquisite songs, performed in the truest beauty. Thank you for making me think of the Phantom again today, his is a story that brings great solace and hope to me. So thank you.

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      You’re very welcome, Marla.

      The story of the Phantom (especially as presented in the Andrew Lloyd Webber version) has always appealed to me.

      • Marlapaige said,

        That is the version that speaks to me directly. The pacing is realistic to life – sometimes a bit slow, but never fast enough to miss the ugly bits. The man and beast loves passionately but hates himself so much he can never quite reach that which he loves so dearly. He is full of pain and brooding, yet the beauty within is brought out through his song and love of song. He takes no prisoners, he feels what he feels and makes no apology for it. He is the darkness inside us all. Yet ALW manages to make him the light in all of us too. He raises the phantom from a mere villain to a complex man full of doubt and a touch of softness. The same as you, me, everyone. At the end, you wish not for Raoul to win the love of Christine, but for the Phantom, because you wish the happy ending for yourself. You empathize, sympathize and see yourself in him. Raoul is little more than window dressing. When she leaves with him, you feel the shallowness of that decision and yet, the depths of despair that follow the loss of her and those dreams. You feel more watching her walk away than you would ever feel watching someone walk away from you. You are the mister with so few positive traits in that moment, and your Christine is the sunlight. Raoul is simply something less complicated and less painful for the object of your love, so she gravitates away. It is merely the plot of a play, yet it is somehow more emotionally charged and turbulent for the watcher than what happens to them in real life. It is a true masterpiece.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        I wholeheartedly agree with your analysis, Marla.

        It’s spot on and pretty much summarizes my feeling about ALW’s work.

        I too wanted her to go with Erik and not Raoul.

      • Marlapaige said,

        The funny thing is, I never liked Christine to start with. But my Phantom did. That’s all that ever mattered.

        Seriously, I could stay in this topic forever, and though you may find it interesting for a while, you’d want to rip my head off after a while longer πŸ˜‚

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        It is indeed a most fascinating topic. πŸ™‚

      • Marlapaige said,

        When you grow weary of it, just let me know, I will stop LOL

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Okay. πŸ™‚

      • Marlapaige said,

        A deal has been struck!

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        πŸ˜‚

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