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Rated: E · Poetry · Mythology · #2145158
This poem is based on Greek Myth about Orpheus and Eurydice.
Impatient Orpheus

“Alas! Eurydice, my lovely bride",
Orpheus in utter despair cried,
"Q! To lose you on the very day
When we are to be gay”

Thus lamented Orpheus, sad beyond words,
He, whose lyre charmed animals and birds,
And made the trees and stones to dance
To the lilting tunes as in a trance,

His lyre trembled with songs of woe,
The dirge ascending in unhindered flow,
The heavens were moved by his plight
At losing Eurydice to a snake’s bite,

“Life without Eurydice is no life,
She’s blessed by the Heaven to be my wife,
By the power of my divinely lyre,
Yielding emotions in Hades I’ll inspire”,

Down to the netherworld he went
With faith and hopes fervent,
Wonderful music through Hades’ realm spread
From the one to Eurydice lately wed,

When Hades in his throne sat ‘tranced,
And Orpheus playing on the lyre advanced,
Hades’ heart mellowed at Orpheus’ state,
He relented to reunite Eurydice with his mate,

“I’ll grant thee thy bride
To be ever with thee by thy side,
But with a condition I bind thee
That Eurydice you’ll not turn to see

Till both thou and thy bride
Step on thy sunny world wide,
If thou defy this command mine,
Eurydice will never be thine”,

Joyous and glad beyond measure
At having gained his life’s treasure,
On marched Orpheus with lyre in hand
From the dark world to the light of the land,

With just a few steps to gain
From the dark to the world of shine,
He was by a nagging doubt assailed
And from his compact he resiled,

Eurydice who was as a shadow behind
By the netherworld was again regained,
For Orpheus defied the “Not to look back’
And paid for his impatience, Alack!

Raghav R
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