Innamorati, Robert A. Sieczkiewicz
Playing the role of your lov’r is with ease,
Acting not, my heart you quietly seize.
The touching of you does pleasantly please,
Tho quick to vacate your aim is to tease.
Playing a fool and being fool I am.
On stage our love to be a laughable sham,
Yet off stage readying wrists for a fleam.
Must quickly win your heart or I’ll be damn.
Our lives we live upon a little stage,
Meant to bring great laughter to any age.
At performance end we turn anoth’r page,
Can we make a life with no script offstage?
Final curtain falls and alone we are,
My flutt’ring heart announces you’re my star.
Innamorati Was painted by Carl Schweninger Jr. in 1885. He was an Austrian painter. Gli Innamorati is Italian: “The Lovers” were stock characters within the theater style known as Commedia dell’arte, which appeared in 16th century Italy. These characters were present within commedia plays for the sole purpose of being in love with one another, and moreover with themselves. Despite facing many obstacles in the play, the Lovers are always united by the end.
This painting story reminded me of opera Pagliacci which is a story within a story of actors. In the prologue the audience is reminded that actors are people and the have real lives like everyone else. On that point I focus to write this poem.