Mystery shrouds the star lit night
As lovers exposed to evening delights
In masks we dance, we all go around
Who is who, do we really know?
Who is Romeo and who is to die?
Ladies in waiting, do their waltz
As the Lady of the evening bathes at dusk
Champagne glasses in pink do reflect
All the Shakespeare penned, indirect
For its he that said we love to decept
Young lovers will hold onto devotions
Choose between Montague and Capulet
For lances of blood forever thrust
Into the loser of Williams tales
Mademoiselle is saddened by wilted rose
She smashes to pieces all her dreams
The waltz of knights and lovers will end
She had to choose between Montague and Capulet
She chose first the arrow, for hearts don’t mend
Shakespeare wins yet once more
For with my saber, I drank champagne
And read this tale yet once again!
Montague and Capulet on horses rode
As Sergei pondered and composed
Juliette just shed her tears
Dancing Knights have no fear
The ballet of love makes one shake
As the Knight lances his final spear
The irony of classic tales
Old stories we hold so dear
Where to begin! Well although this seems somewhat about Romeo and Juliette, its actually based on a song, that well its also a muse on Romeo and Juliette.
The song/artist is
Alizée - Mademoiselle Juliette
Although Montagues and Capulets are characters in Shakespeare’s story, "Montagues and Capulets", is also known as "Dance of the Knights", a work of classical music written by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev for his 1935 ballet Romeo and Juliet. Later, he wrote versions for both orchestra and piano.
Thus the Title of the poem, and the mention of Sergei in the poem.
His composition can be viewed at:
The line “For with my saber, I drank champagne “
In the old days, Champagne was actually opened with a saber on some occasions. Though it's rare to use a sword these days, the expression "to Saber champagne" still is in usage in French.
So an English Tale became a Russian Symphony piece and a French Muse, and now a Canadian poem!