He disappointed her. Orpheus was meant
to change to God after some lapse of time
to organize the cosmos into rhyme
inaugurate a reign of wealth, content
and virtue. To replace Olympian waste
with simple austere ways, and yet be just
to Zeus the Titan-smasher, who would trust
someone so wise and gifted, sober, chaste
to take control, replace him, without blood.
Instead Orpheus took that girl as wife
traipsed off to Hell, squandered his mortal life.
She knew her plans were dust and that she should
forget him – knew as muse that poetry
had gained a tale to rework endlessly