Eurydice in June

(a streetcar named Hades)

Thought he
her long
in beauty lost
in the cavern
in the memory
in Hades forever

To Zeus
he cried
must it be,
that by time’s
great seas
stay hidden she?

If you can sing
can furies win
to her go hence
said heaven’s king.
Yet till you
bring her
from history’s night
promise must you
avoid her sight.

So holding to this
promise fast
Her gaze averred
but to the last
till she his face to see
did plead,
to know his love was sure
did need.

Would he to her
in passion turn,
so would Zeus vain
to darkness send
the love
the joy
to spurn with pain.

Amor these two
in love would join
Their weakness
for each other
so Eurydice
with Orpheus
that like
an eternal
summer’s day
their love
would each other’s
life much lengthen.

Dr T.P. Wilkinson writes, teaches History and English, directs theatre and coaches cricket between the cradles of Heine and Saramago. He is also the author of Church Clothes, Land, Mission and the End of Apartheid in South Africa. Read other articles by T.P..