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Orpheus and Eurydice Go Shopping

(She really didn't want to go in the first place). Edward Poynter's 1862 "Orpheus and Eurydice" altered by the author's brilliant wife.

Shopping is like a hero’s journey these days

One I don’t always win.

Wan, blank faces, less telling than Greek masks,

I may as well be in the underworld itself

My wife was bitten early by the fright,

She is a social distance champion,

She avoids other people at the store

By walking directly behind me

It takes faith to walk on, not hearing or seeing her

As we make our way out of the gloom.

And I have good reason to look back.

She often gets distracted by end cap sales

And one time I got rather far before discovering she was not there.

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