I wrote this a while back, but it felt too raw

Orpheus2
We are all Orpheus. We try to get
back loves we lost. We fight our way through Hell
singing to our regrets. We might as well
accept that love is done, and just forget

because it is the act of looking back
that loses things. We know that they are lost
once they are past; getting them back would cost
all we have learned by losing. We would lack

that wisdom. Yet perhaps there is a way.
Live forward, and perhaps one day you’ll meet
the person they became. Some random street
contains that meeting. Don’t wait for that day

or hope for it. And if you recognize
your lost one, better reach out with closed eyes.

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About rozkaveney

Middleaged, trans, novelist, poet, activist
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4 Responses to I wrote this a while back, but it felt too raw

  1. tanithk says:

    Indeed. That is possibly the best explanation of the power of the Orpheus myth I have seen. Thank you.

  2. edgebleed says:

    I love it. It HURTS.

  3. papersky says:

    That’s just right.

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