This poem was inspired by a performance of the Croatian cellist, Stjepan Hauser, in a breathtaking ancient Roman Amphitheater. You may watch it on the YouTube at “HAUSER & friends: Gala Concert at Arena Pula 2018.” Watch it and become entranced!
What is the secret
Of your sex appeal?
Is it the way you cradle your cello
Between your legs like a lover?
Is it the way every mood,
Every nuance of the melody
Breaks across your expressive brow,
With ripples of passionate emotions —
Is it the way you glance
Sidelong at the nubile pianist,
Your bodies back-to-back
As you sway in a give and take,
Dancing a waltz of love
Under a full moon?
Is it the way you stage your performance
In an ancient Roman amphitheater,
Golden lights illuminating stone arches,
With a full string orchestra?
Is it the two huge screens that project
Your image larger than life,
So we can catch every sensual thought
That enters your mind?
Is it the way you toss your head
And attack the strings
With a supple bow?
Is it the way your fingers vibrate,
Creating a rich tremolo
That soars to the heavens?
You speak to us in a sultry
Sounding like you wish to seduce us
Simply because we are beautiful,
And you adore the beauty in us.
The cameras pan the audience
Of lifted feminine faces,
Feeling like you are playing only for them.
“The cello is the instrument
Most like the human voice,”
You tell us, and we believe.
When I watch you
I am struck with the realization
That this force you exude
Is stronger than the tides,
Mysterious as the deep,
Fulfilling as the sun.