ORPHEUS’ SECOND CHANCE

 

Sometimes the talent doesn’t appear

Until age sculpts away the ego and fear

 

Son of Apollo and Calliope reborn

Worked at his craft, no time to mourn

 

One full moon night he found the power

Melodic tones delicate as a flower

 

Again he would seduce Hades and Persephone

And finally rescue his love Eurydice

 

Down to the Stygian Realm he traveled

Passing Cerberus he swiftly paddled

 

And there with gray hair and hands gnarled with age

He sang and played his love and rage

 

Music often dissolves the iciest heart

Hades would no longer keep them apart

 

The lovers left, holding hands

This time no caveat while leaving the darklands

 

Surfacing in woods lit from the dawn

Two old souls embraced and would live on

 

Magical music the curtain call

Perhaps it is true that love conquers all

 

© 2017 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

IMAGE: Orpheus and Eurydice, Anselm Feurbach 1869

 

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