NaPoWriMo Post #9 Amado Mio

It’s day 9 of NaPoWriMo , and the prompt for today is NOIR. Hmmmm this got me thinking from 6 p.m till about 11 p.m, how best to write a noir poem. All I could think about was the song Amado Mio from the black and white film noir, Gilda which starred the super sensual Rita Hayworth. Her character in the film, only one word to describe her was WOW !


I also am in love with the rendition of this song, Amado Mio by Pink Martini on their Sympathique album ( the ultimate musical companion throughout my undergraduate years) and listened to it as I figured out what to write. Amado Mio, I think it means my beloved or my loved one. Suppose if one were to die at such a person’s hands, is just plain tragic don’t you think? Couldn’t get more darker than that, can it?

Amado Mio

Cobbled streets of Buenos Aires
Is where we set our scene
A femme fatale in a low cut dress
One wonders where has she been

Manicured nails and red high heels
And the intoxicating scent of Shalimar fills the air
Theres a man hiding In the shadows
Lurking behind her
Is she even aware ?

She saunters into her husband’s illegal casino
And tells the band to play her song
A tune that whispers “amado mio”
Everyone stops and stares
It didn’t take her very long

She glides and floats around them
A temptress that teases and dares
With every scintillating movement
In a dress that’s cut up till there

Suddenly the shadowy lurker
That followed behind her was there
Standing before her he draws his revolver
Without hesitation he aims at the dame

She recognized those features
Of her gambler ex-lover
As he empties the chamber
Into her heart

© Faridah Masniari 2013


12 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo Post #9 Amado Mio

  1. pennynewell says:

    thank you for the ‘like’ – keep on writing for NaPoWriMo marathon of words. I love the idea of a noir poem, nice idea.

    • salsachica says:

      No worries 😀 thanks for stopping by to read and comment. The NaPoWriMo website is the one that comes up with the suggestion of the noir genre, it gets more challenging every day it seems 😀

  2. tara linda says:

    Lovely imagery, & great work ;). And thank you for the reconnect to the Pnk Martinis! I haven’t thought about them in awhile. Good to hear them. & thanks for the inspiration…;)

    • salsachica says:

      Thank you so much! 🙂 pink martini is pretty awesome, my whole family is in love with their songs.

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  4. angelinahue says:

    I watched Gilda earlier this year after learning about the movie when in San Sebastian – where a traditional pinxto (tapas) is named after Rita Hayworth’s character in the movie. The Pink Martini’s cover is great!

  5. becky6259 says:

    Those old screen sirens really knew how to bring the story home! Good poetry writing!

    • salsachica says:

      Thanks Becky! Nowadays actresses cannot be compared to those screen sirens. Screen sirens oh how you exude sexy classily!

  6. chinks says:

    Yours and mine storyline of the poem are in some way similar. Sweet coincidence. Loved your poem. Don’t know a thingaboutthemovieand song you talked about. I just pick ramdomhollywood movies and watch. Whatever super like to your poem!!!!

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