∫ Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2 ∫

Do you know …
My introduction to:

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2
forever branded my memories?

Its haunting melody
indelible snippets
of recollections,
as if it were
only yesterday.

Seared in my heart
memories of
your gentle
and loving touch,
your brilliant smile,
your wicked sense of humor
and your melt-me
blue – blue

We were
impassioned lovers
wrestled as one.
I loved you then,
and still,
part of me
loves you now.

Perhaps …
I am only in love
with the memories.

Our choices were made,
our fates forever sealed.

why do memories
stalking me?
Enough time has passed!

According to Divine plan,
filled with unforeseen
our lives traveled
separate ways …
as they should have

I wonder
when you listen to this piece
of melodious music,
do you think of me?
Does it ever return you
to forbidden times?
The times when we
were both much younger,
when we needed no one
but ourselves,
and making love
was just for fun.
Ahh, those days are gone,
the memories

© rgb for “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”, 2011

Each week Carry On Tuesday will publish either a famous quotation or a line from a book, song or poem and invite you to Carry On where words stop. You may use some of the words or all of them either at the start of your piece or within the body of your work.

Carry On Tuesday #133

“When Rachmaninov wrote his second piano concerto in 1901, he could never have imagined that  one day his melody would become one of the best known pop ballads of all time. This week I offer you the opening four lines of All By Myself

When I was young
I never needed anyone
And making love was just for fun
Those days are gone

Note:  Rather than utilizing this prompt from the Pop Ballad side – I chose to use the language of the music as the center as this piece.


Thursdays Poet Rally
Week 57


About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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40 Responses to ∫ Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2 ∫

  1. tasithoughts says:


    I love this piece. The power of music in our lives is so real. It triggers our memories and experiences. It punctuates our life’s milestones. Thank you.



  2. haikudoyou says:

    Becca – this is beautiful and haunting!


  3. CC Champagne says:

    You have said so many things in this piece that I wish I could have said myself! Does that make me selfish? Perhaps, but it doesn’t change the fact that I absolutely adore this piece!


  4. Suzy says:

    Oh those long ago memories – ever so precious. Thanks for the concerto.


  5. Heaven says:

    I enjoyed the sensual and passionate write… these forbidden and long ago memories… how they haunt us still when we listen to a music or a ballad piece ~


  6. Miss Kitten says:

    I made this discovery myself a while back. I was listening to this very concerto when suddenly a very familiar theme started playing. Ha! I thought. That’s All By Myself. Nice write.


  7. Hey Becca .. what a difference from the pop song? !!! You did a nice job of changing up the challenge for Carry on Tuesday. I liked this very much.
    Very well done,


  8. Dakshi says:

    It’s super. 🙂


  9. Old Raven says:

    Musical chords, notes and ones sense of smell are each so closely tied to memory. I enjoyed the way did this exercise.


  10. Such divine music Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto 2. Love to read this poem Becca. Every week I am pleased when I read your poems. You’re so great with words. Once I hope … I can use words just like you.

    the sound of a whistle
    breaks through the early morning
    a Nightingale


  11. Annette says:

    You captured the way certain pieces of music instantly bring up bits of memory, buried. Excellent writing.


  12. “Perhaps …
    I am only in love
    with the memories.”

    becca, i love your voice here. i feel this so much and i have pondered the same thought, as I have sat romanticizing the past. Lovely poem!


  13. WOW! I bow to your poetic talent my friend.. wonderful words that sing along to the music of memories..
    many thanks Becca for dropping in… You have made some beautiful entries my friend.. x Hugs x


  14. Well done. I’ve always been fond of this kind of music. The poems were lovely. 🙂


  15. very nice piece…the feelings like the music keeps living on.


  16. meethimirchi says:

    what a great feeling this thing called LOVE is. beautiful and well written 🙂


  17. Alcina says:

    No matter how hard you try memories linger forever and ever till the last bit of soul vanishes.
    I love whole of it and the second picture compliments it too good and too true.
    Alcina-In need of me-2


  18. Renee Espriu says:

    Bravo! Applause! Applause! Simply wonderful and such a beautiful piece, Becca! I love ‘impassioned lovers wrestled as one”. Thank You!


  19. William Leed says:

    Wonderful. I love your creativity. The imagery grabs the heart. Thank you.


  20. An absolutely beautiful piece! Straight from the heart I would think. Nice one, Becca!


  21. tinkwelborn says:

    the persistence of memory…
    we do romanticize love, if we remember the good that come from it.

    I have had thoughts such as these, but then I think, ”nay. it is only I that remembers.” a lonely memory of love.

    making love to Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 must have been an ”intense” tryst!

    this is a very lovely piece….I’m aroused.


  22. poetryroad says:

    Clever to insert the piece for reference! This is a wonderful piece by you. Flows as gentle as a brook, unfolds with your eloquent choice of words!


  23. musical and full of great rhythms,

    what an invention in your writing style.


  24. mbwilliams says:

    A wonderful poem for a wonderful piece of music – I don’t blame you for being in love with this memory


  25. Viggs says:

    i luv the theme and the style its put forward..!! 🙂


  26. love this one, a powerful self explorations,



  27. mypastmademe says:

    Your words are searing … makes it sort of haunting; I love it!
    Thanks for sharing 🙂


  28. Pat Cegan says:

    Wow, will the real BB step forward? This is wonderful, hot, exciting and beautiful. Hmmm, come to think of it, this is the real BB. lol, hugs, pat


  29. zumpoems says:

    Nicely done. I never was a fan of how this was lifted by Manilow — but I wasn’t a Manilow fan. Will check out the Carry on Site.


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