Second Movement, Scene 1 (the underworld)

           EURYDICE

There was a roar, and a coldness—
I think my husband was with me.
What was my husband's name?

   Eurydice turns to the Stones.

My husband's name? Do you know it?

   The Stones shrug their shoulders.

How strange. I don't remember.
It was horrible to see his face
when I died. His eyes were
two black birds
and they flew to me.
I said: no—stay where you are—
he needs you in order to see!
When I got through the cold
they made me swim in a river
and I forgot his name.
I forgot all the names.
I know his name starts with my mouth
shaped like a ball of twine—
Oar—oar.
I forget.
They took me to a tiny boat.
I only just fit inside.
I looked at the oars
and I wanted to cry.
I tried to cry but I just drooled a little.
I'll try now.

   She tries to cry but finds that she can't.

What happiness it would be to cry.

   She takes a breath.

I was not lonely
only alone with myself
begging myself not to leave my own body
but I was leaving.
Good-bye, head—I said—
it inclined itself a little, as though to nod to me
in a solemn kind of way.

   She turns to the Stones.

How do you say good-bye to yourself?

   They shake their heads.
   A train whistle.

– Sarah Ruhl
from her play Eurydice

5 comments:

Kim 7/10/2011 11:47 PM  

I remember this, of course :)
Still, it's more eery to read it, don't you think?

Holly 7/11/2011 5:05 PM  

Kim - I can't separate the two -- I read it and I see and hear the actress we saw.

Jenica 7/13/2011 1:07 PM  

I wish I could write like that...

Olivia 7/13/2011 6:46 PM  

This is really poetic. I wanna see/hear this play now.

Holly 7/13/2011 11:57 PM  

Olivia - I hope you do. It's quirky and kind of devastating.

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