texts of arias from The Soap Opera of the Pair Who Forgot Themselves, but only Temporarily
(Images from an old French textbook accompanied these words, but as of yet I have not succeeded in including them in this format.)
2. I loved and didn’t think until I saw that I had spilled my joy and thus had marred my dress. The tea that should sustain me now cannot do enough.
3. On the first I had felt on the brink of what had seemed my pool of joy. On the second my knees began to ache. And today . . .!
4. Hello, my lover, my ladder into air, my jive cell-mate, my fruitbasket, my goose, my cave, my answer. My love, hello, are you there?
5. Oh, how milk and coffee flowed, like stone come live and lively! What fawn-tone! What hazel cream! What body can match this complexion?
6. [stricken pause]
7. I struggled hard to say the truth but couldn’t stretch my mouth so far; I tried to cry, but sudden music came.
8. Diverted and intent, the card-players never looked up. For them the game held fond hopes, petty aggressions aplenty, uncomplicated alliances of Realpolitik across a globe around which any of them could stretch and arm. Leave love and music to those whom they have not yet disappointed, each thought, and tonight, tonight, I shall score. And then, then I can bid my host good-night and go home knowing for once, when all is added up at day’s end, I have come out ahead.