Raindrop Prelude

https://youtu.be/pCx5g4FnAXU

This composition by Frederic Chopin is my favorite piece of music–to play and to listen to. The song and alleged story behind it inspired me to write this poem:

“Raindrop Prelude”

Dripping, dripping, dropping,
Constant, never stopping.

My health is in despair,
And so I must repair;

Banished to this cloister,
Full of cold and moisture.

Clouds beginning to form,
A prelude to a storm.

I’m sure my lady’s dead;
It is not in my head!

Run out into the rain,
Before I go insane!

Water will kill or save;
This lake shall be my grave.

Drip, dripping on my head,
Telling me I’m not dead.

She then returned from town,
And so we had a row.

She said ‘twas in my dream;
Aha! So it would seem.

If not for this torment,
I would but give consent.

The rain is dripping still,
Into my soul it drills.

Dripping, dripping, dropping,
Constant, never stopping.

Copyright © 2022 Brandon Ellrich

Frederic Chopin was in poor health and traveled to Mallorca; unfortunately, the weather was terrible, causing his lung disease to worsen. He was then banished to a cold monastery. It is said that he had a dream of drowning in a lake (which might have been prompted by the storm). It is during this period of time that he composed Prelude in D-Flat Major, Op. 28 no. 15, nicknamed “Raindrop” Prelude. There is a repeating A♭ throughout the piece, mimicking the constant dripping of rain.

Photo by Paul Arky on Unsplash

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Published by Brandon Ellrich

I live in Central Missouri and enjoy reading, writing, playing tennis, watching movies, and exploring creative outlets. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and I love to take my readers inside the minds of my characters.

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