When Orpheus Sings Alone (a first draft)

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Wall hanging from 5-6 century BC Egypt: Orpheus and Eurydice

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“…so for your arrogance
I am broken at last…”
–“Eurydice” by H.D.

I fell,
(a bird’s cry)
stumbled against
the weight of the sky,
(twisted in the air)
all of mortality
smothering us
(joined the liturgy of curses
mouthed by the dead).
The cry I plucked
from your lips,
your frown
(a bird’s cry)
I wanted you that badly.
(Twisted in the air)
I tripped
on your slow step,
the kudzu vine across the path,
or something equally absurd
(joined the liturgy of curses
mouthed by the dead).
I had to stop myself
from looking sooner.
Pushed the want down
until it was nothing
but a whisper.
Then the bird screamed.

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Jessica Halsey was born in Arkansas and has lived most of her life in the United States and Panama. She earned a BA in Sociology from Randolph-Macon Woman's College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Would you like to know more?

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