Monday, January 15, 2018

The Play

When I was sixteen,
My class read a translation
Of Oedipus Rex.

I was taken by
The concluding sentiment,
“Count no man lucky

Until he’s dead.” In English,
I saw two ways to read that:
“Life is full of twists and turns,

So it’s not safe to rate one
Before it ends,” or, “Life’s hell;
The only luck’s to be dead.”

I preferred the first way, but
I was taken by the play.

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