Below, you’ll find the poem ‘Orpheus Confesses to Eurydice’ by Sujata Bhatt.
Orpheus Confesses to Eurydice
It was a lack of faith.
I admit it. I didn’t believe enough
in you or even in the power
of my song. I needed constant reassurance.
Yes, I saw how the Furies wept
as I sang slower, softer – Time stopped for me –
still, I didn’t think they’d let you go.
I didn’t think you’d be free to follow me.
And so I looked back
wondering: were you really there?
I’ve caught the snake
that killed you – I keep him
alive. He’s become a sort of pet –
such a small viper, and so supple –
my last connection to you. And his brightness:
eyes, skin – how he shimmers in the sun – keeps me alert
and reminds me at times of your brightness:
the sun in your hair, the jewels around your neck.
At first, of course, I thought of revenge.
I thought of hurting the snake,
of throwing him into a fire.
But I hesitated and now I’ve grown fond of him.
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