masses: eurydice

painting by marlene vine (marlenevine.com), poem by roy herndon smith

eurydice 94.10

she whose justice extends widely—Robert Graves

orpheus sings of
heaven as he flees from hell
he glances back and

turns into the rock
of silenced anguish on which
kings build palaces

eurydice roars
as she rises through the earth
into the sunlight

orpheus and walls
crumble into the dust from
which new life explodes