Moonlight Sonata: Quasi Una Fantasia – A Poem

(For your ears: Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven)

Sitting at the instrument

Of lament and longing

Listening to the moonlight

Touch my eyelids

Willing for this to be fantasy

For you to hear the harmony

Of safety and love

Bookmarking this time and place

So our stardust can, one night, embrace again

This poem is a companion to the Quadrille written for Hélène Vaillant’s and Jamie Dedes’ prompts for this past week. It’s a beautiful gift when inspiration strikes twice.

This secondary title of this poem, Quasi Una Fantasia, means “almost a fantasy” and comes from this essay on Beethoven’s famous Moonlight Sonata. I do not listen to a lot of classical music, however this piece I am familiar with since I shed many tears listening to the First Movement after my twins died. That phrase, “almost a fantasy” describes the surreal feelings and thoughts I experienced after I got home from the hospital without my babies in my arms. It also describes the “what if’s”, “if only’s”, and “I should have’s” of the grief experience, as well as the hope that eventually leads to healing.

©️ iido 2018

21 thoughts on “Moonlight Sonata: Quasi Una Fantasia – A Poem

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  2. Irma, i can’t image what you have gone through. It certainly was most painful. I do know you are a strong spirit, willing to go the distance in your healing grief process. Thank you for sharing what is in your heart. ♥️🙏

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  3. the strain of guilt will never be totally rid from our hearts and minds, it keeps me awake at night and forgiving ourselves is the hardest to do. One day you will embrace their stardust again, it will be a joyful reunion! i am crying as I read oyur words, it moves my heart so much

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