Treasure Island

Ahmad Shiddiqi

(March 7,1974 / Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia)

Ballade d'amour


(dedicated to Mr. Krystian Zimerman, a great pianist)

a rich ethnographic
a vaulted ceiling
ornate windows
carved glasses

colorful lace
floral patterns
folk embroidery
priceless codices

lyrical and dramatic
narrative qualities
contemplative
elegiaque

wh ite stones
wooden benches
decorated frescoes
an exquisite mansion

a chateau in your heart
soaring longing voice
conquer the anger
no more sadness

a love come true
hillside vineyards
melodious memories
excellent wines for lovers

(inspired by Pierre-Auguste Renoir's In the Garden)

Submitted: Friday, January 09, 2009
Edited: Friday, January 09, 2009

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  • Ruerd Visser (1/22/2009 10:26:00 AM)

    Let us hope we al live to see a love come true!

    Thanksgreetings from Sneek

    The Boomfriend (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (1/18/2009 1:32:00 AM)

    Last two stanzas correctly describe the beauty of your verses and the playing of the pianist...congratulations for your overwhelming appreciation...great (Report) Reply

  • C T Heart (1/17/2009 8:56:00 AM)

    a ballad of love, a song from the heart, a poem written to celebrate the greatest of one in the art of music, in concerto...

    a chateau in your heart
    soaring longing voice---beautiful words to describe and paint the pianist magic to your wonderful life....10 (Report) Reply

  • Fay Slimm (1/17/2009 12:06:00 AM)

    Your descriptive images are second to none Ahmad and the inspirational words conjour the muic from ether for me.......... thank you......Fay.. (Report) Reply

  • Carol Rhodes (1/16/2009 8:01:00 PM)

    A journey into our hearts/minds, yes, you have that special gift to delight and educate us. This time, Ahmad, I went on a luxurious vacation and enjoyed the scenic wonders surrounding the elegant estate. What a picture you painted! Living in wine country as I do, here in Sonoma and Napa Counties, north of San Francisco, I may have had a mental and emotional advantage. I truly connected with the images you so brilliantly created. Carol (Report) Reply

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