Modena, Italy must be so proud
having Luciano as its child,
echoing his voice worldwide.
From the Konzerthaus in Vienna
to Hyde Park in London
from New York's Metropolitan Theater,
Carnegie Hall and Central Park
to Paris (with the Eiffel Tower
humbled in his presence),
the crowd came to love
the tenor that captured their heart,
captivated them, made them spellbound.
(And who would forget the Three Tenors Christmas
and "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas"?)
Luciano sings goodbye at 71
though without an audience this time
for he succumbed to pancreatic cancer
with a silent song that was no tenor
for pain it was he wouldn’t share
...only the joy we’re all dreaming.