Eurydice Variations (4)
by Kathryn Hinds
4. Here's the lament you think you want to hear About my broken longing when so near First to the quenching of my first desire Then to regaining living daylight's fire: Love lost! Now heart-bereft I cry and wail. His one untrusting look that cast the veil Again between me and my yearning life — When he lost nothing but an untried wife while I lost feeling, movement, sight, and breath And dwindled to a wavering shadow death — His look that undid all my hope of love Killed me again. And all the gods above May cry with me or laugh, or with me hate That one untrusting glance, that doubled fate.
Originally from the southern shore of Lake Ontario, Kathryn Hinds now lives in the mountains of north Georgia. Her poetry has recently appeared in Canary, 14 by 14, and The Lyric. With a handful of novels in progress, she's also the coauthor of a book on Celtic mythology and the author of more than fifty nonfiction books for young people, including the six-book series Creatures of Fantasy, due out in 2012. Kathryn sometimes moonlights as a belly dancer, but her main job, according to certain members of her household, is to ensure that cat food is available on demand.
When asked of what poem the word "cherry" immediately makes her think, Hinds tells us Housman's "Loveliest of trees, the cherry now"
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