The Chorus Girl

I was delighted to see my poem The Chorus Girl published in Skylight 47, the new bi-annual publication from Skylight Poets in Galway. The Chorus Girl was inspired by Anton Chekov’s short story of the same name. It is a beautiful story of passion and betrayal, well worth a read. Speaking of passion and betrayal, Willa Cather said that “There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.” How right she was. Whether in affairs of the heart of business or of politics, a story if it is to be interesting at all, will begin with passion and usually end in betrayal of some sort.

The Chorus Girl

English: Anton Chekhov 1901, photo taken in th...

English: Anton Chekhov 1901, photo taken in the Chekhov museum in Badenweiler (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(After a short story by Anton Chekov)

She was sultry like the weather

Breathing heavily

As if she had just climbed

A long flight of stairs.

Her lips quivered . . .

She tried to form the words

Then bewildered,

Raised her large blue eyes

Their lids red from crying

To look at him.

He stood rooted to the spot.

When did you stop loving me?

She held her breath

He went to leave, then turning

Gazed at her and sighed

Long before your tears began

Long before you cried.

© Eithne Reynolds


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