“The Lamentation of Orpheus”, 1896, by Alexandre Seon

I sang to the mountains
to the trees wilting at my
sombre melody
your name
even now dying forgotten to all
minds but mine

I tried to forget you
to move on
but Corydon was too busy
dealing with Alexis’ damage
to make love to me

I could not stride gayly forward
nor sing any happy song
and so I fell apart
starting when you walked
back into shadow
ending at the hands of women
who have suffered more than I

I flow now melody and all
hoping to meet you again
at the end of the earth


© Abigail Siegel, 2019

MA in Classics: Latin poetry as well as myth and folklore. Writes mostly poetry and book reviews. Part-time Latin tutor: https://latinbyabby.wordpress.com/

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