orpheus and eurydice

Orpheus and Eurydice on the Banks of the Styx

'When Eurydice saw him
huddled in a thick cloak,
she should have known
he was alive,
they way he shivered
beneath its useless folds.

But what she saw
was the usual: a stranger
confused in a new world.
And when she touched him
on the shoulder,
it was nothing
personal, a kindness
he misunderstood.
To guide someone
through the halls of hell
is not the same as love.'

- Gregory Orr
Orpheus & Eurydice: A Lyric Sequence

via Another Commonplace Book