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Phantom Violinist of Majestic Theater

Phantom Violinist of Majestic Theater

written by: Christina Ciufo



Majestic Theater is senescent,
inauspicious, and despondent.
Yellow-brown pine trees,
barren and crocked, stand beside
the theater doors, shawled in silver tinsel,
glass ornaments, and spiderwebs,
while on the charcoal-maroon ceiling
dilapidated, oil-painted angels
fly and sit on clouds,
wait for the performance.

Maroon curtains rise on stage –
revealing a young man,
lugubrious, callow,
inscrutable, and unsettling.

Sapphire-charcoal face,
graceful, stolid, and saturnine,
like a statue’s face, reflects
ruinate and hollowness.

He lifts the violin’s bow –
its sharp, silver hair
slowly oscillate
side to side, awakening
music from its slumber within the strings.

His pale, gelid fingers,
like icicles, press
and moving up and down –
playing “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.”

Each note as alluring,
and ensorcellment,
as Winter Solstice moonlight,
from the stage,
echoes its solemn, solicitous hymn.

The phantom violinist ceases,
bows, grins, and dissipates into snow –
December’s clamoring wind
blows the snow from the stage,
down the aisle, through the doors,
and empty, silent streets
and across the gelid, sapphire-ebony river,
listening to “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” on a cold December night.

Christina Ciufo

Christina Ciufo

Christina Ciufo is a passionate writer in poetry, short stories, flash fictions, fables, and completing her first novel. At a very young age, she always had a passion for writing stories and poems, specifically in fairytales, folklore, supernatural, and horror. After graduating Sacred Heart University with a BA in English, she continued to expand her writing abilities at Manhattanville College’s MFA Creative Writing Program and by May 2017, graduated with an MFA degree in Creative Writing. She completed Sacred Heart University's Education Program in December 2018 with a MAT in Teaching in both elementary and secondary. She is currently a Sunday School Teacher. She has numerously appeared in literary magazines including Spillwords, Ovunque Siamo, Nymphs, Truly Review, Mookychick, Moonchild Magazine, Crêpe & Penn, Cauldron Anthology, dream walking, Selcouth Station Magazine,The Wild Literary Magazine, Speculate This Magazine, Poetically Magazine, Analogies & Allegories Literary Magazine, The Clay Literary Magazine, Re-Side, Dwelling Literary Magazine, and Coven Magazine.
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