A Modern Orpheus
By David, United KingdomAfter the sacred mystery, as they rest,
She commits the blasphemy of doubt.
His words are strange; he is telling her about
His own gods, who will send him on a quest
Where she can't follow. She mustn't be distressed
At his need for solitude. It's his fate.
She says she understands, and she will wait.
She notices he doesn't look impressed.
Priestess, actress, she pretends to see
That he must follow along his own path.
She even tells him to go on alone
And not look back. No fear of that. There must be
A gorgon in his convenient myth:
Already, his gaze is set harder than stone.