An Opera Calls

I’m travelling to the City by train.

Going to see a BK Opera performance again.

My niece, a leading singer in the show.

And these carriages are gently swaying to-and-fro.

I’m arriving an hour early.

Doing so, quite deliberately.

As the venue’s a classic olden Hotel.

A bar to relax in, and have a spell.

Drink a boutique ale or two.

And some friendly chatter too.

A young lady, Julia, I meet.

She’s polite and sweet.

We shake hands and talk warmly.

Happily saying to me, she loves poetry.

And I offer her an Opera ticket free.

But alas, she’s about to take her leave.


Upstairs I go, soon the show’s to begin.

I’m eager to hear the young Soprano’s sing.

The Opera’s an unusual Production.

A lover’s tragic telephone conversation.

The four separate settings are of a Lady’s Boudoir.

Our singers attire, glossy gowns and silky nightwear.

There’s soft lighting, satin cushions and screens.

And the Opera is divided into four scenes.

In four Hotel rooms, with a Soprano Artiste’.

Our audience standing during each piece.

I’m transfixed, as the soloist sings.

And we applaud from the small room’s wings.

A most intriguing and wondrous show I’ve seen.

An Opera called, La Voix Humaine.


Ivor Steven.

Many thanks to Colleen of “chatter master”, for her helpful advice and encouragement. I found this piece difficult to explain and write the words. And attached here, the link to the details of BK Opera’s production of La Voix Humaine.


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G'day, and welcome to my blog site. My name is Ivor Steven, I live in Geelong, Australia. I'm an ex-industrial chemist, and a retired plumber, and a former Carer of my wife(Carole), for 30 years, who suffered from severe MS. I Write poetry about those personal thoughts, throughout and beyond my life as a Carer. I've been blogging for over 2 years, and writing poems for 19 years. Of course a lot of my poems are about my favourite subject Carole, but since I've been blogging my writings have become quite varied, humourous, mystical, observational, and even a few monster/horror poems.

44 thoughts on “An Opera Calls”

    1. Thanks Mel, I’m so glad you liked thjs piece, I found it so hard to write and explain the show.😊 and the very unusual production that the opera company put on, do you think my words worked, and the story line wasn’t too disjointed. xx

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      1. It worked perfectly. You gave it an air of wonder. You had me there and I loved the charm of the conversation with the young lady.

        Quite adorable and because I know the back story… well it’s extra sweet for me. 😉

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    1. Thanks Colleen, especially for just giving me confidence to go ahead with this, your kind words allowed me to wake up with renewed enthusiasm for my own abilities xx


  1. Wow! Your words make the show really come true right before my eyes, Ivor! How extraordinary and wonderful to write a poem about your visit to the Opera! It´s such a lovely idea! Loved the flow of the piece that carried me from verse to verse on gentle wings and soprano voices 🙂

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  2. an interesting opera indeed, I don’t think I have ever heard of such a performance. and i like your story leading up to the actual show, a play in itself, as you took us by carriage and stopped for a drink after a thirsty ride and meeting a sweet person inside. a nice visit with you Ivor through your words.

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