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Eurydice and Orpheus

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It is not true that Eurydice had to return because Orpheus looked back. It was the other way around…

Eurydice:

I will remain here; I cannot come any further with you.

Orpheus:

But I have not turned around nor looked back, as I was asked to. So just come with me.

Eurydice:

Don’t you understand that I do not stay behind because you might have looked back? No, you did not understand the condition. You will turn around and look back because I don’t come with you. I am going to leave you here. I am tired.

 Orpheus:

So I have been betrayed.

 Eurydice:

Humans always betray themselves. Actually, we just walk together for some time, and then we part. Sing, Orpheus, sing, because the meadows and forests, the lakes and plains are there only in your song. That world is inside the human being, not outside. Outside is only this narrow path between the rocks. There is one tedious step after the other. There is no Hades below and no upper world above.

Orpheus:

I am looking at you now. So is that the last time?

 Eurydice:

Do you see my wrinkles? I am too old to continue. You will go ahead and I will stay here. I will step back behind that line. I will turn around and walk away. Those who cross the line silently walk away and never turn around again.

 Orpheus:

But why? Was everything in vain?

 Eurydice:

Nothing was in vain. We walked together, and you were holding my hand. I could listen to your song.

 Orpheus:

But did not the gods themselves weep when I was singing?

 Eurydice:

The world of the gods is cold and without empathy. The gods cannot sing, they are deaf to song. The gods are dwelling in Hades. Don’t you know that Mount Olympus is part of Hades? You must sing, Orpheus! For the immortals, everything is the same all the time. The immortals have no beginning and no end. They have no history. They live by cold laws. They don’t have a life.

Orpheus:

But are they not very powerful?

Eurydice:

Yes, they are very powerful. But they are blind and deaf.

Orpheus:

We can see and hear, but we, we are mortal.

Eurydice:

Yes, we are mortal. What the gods have given to us is only this narrow rocky path and the hard steps of this staircase. That is all the gods where able to give. But for the mortals, there is more. They have a life, they have a history. They have songs. They create. The gods cannot create. Their world is perfect and complete, and therefore blind and deaf and mindless and infertile. There is nothing new. There is no history and no life, only unchanging, invariable laws.

Orpheus:

But you; was not your father Apollo?

Eurydice:

I was a nymph, part of the immortal world, but I choose the world of the mortals. I thank you, Orpheus, you have given life and meaning to me through your songs and your love. Now go. This was my choice, make it yours. We have to agree with life and with death.

Orpheus:

I understand now. I also thank you. So I let go now?

Euridice:

Only mortals can enter the upper world. It is in your songs, in your dance, in the lyre and in the stories you tell. Did you not notice that we were there together? Now let go. It is time to let go now, first with the hand and then with the hart. Sing your song, and let go.

Touch turns into

memory of touch.

Glance turns into

memory of glance.

Voice turns into

memory of voice.

Orpheus:

But will I see you again?

Eurydice:

(A tribute to Cesare Pavese and his book “Dialogues with Leuco“, a book I like very much.

The picture is from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lower_antelope_1_md.jpg.).

Related articles:

https://asifoscope.org/2013/04/27/experiencing-sacredness/

https://asifoscope.org/2013/05/07/heading-to-somewhere/

https://asifoscope.org/2012/12/08/epitaph/

19 thoughts on “Eurydice and Orpheus

    • I just tried. Some people who are near to me are very ill, so I was thinking about death and life. The inspiration for this form came from Cesare Pavese’s book Dialogues with Leuco, in which he writes more or less philosophical thoughts in the form of dialogues between mythical characters. It is an unusual book, worth reading.

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