Louise Glück


Eurydice went back to hell.
What was difficult
was the travel, which,
on arrival, is forgotten.

is difficult.
And moving between two worlds
especially so;
the tension is very great.

A passage
filled with regret, with longing,
to which we have, in the world,
some slight access or memory.

Only for a moment
when the dark of the underworld
settled around her again
(gentle, respectful),
only for a moment, could
an image of earth’s beauty
reach her again, beauty
for which she grieved.

But to live with human faithlessness
is another matter.