Isabel, William and Albert
|Isabel, William and Albert
|From a "Spoon River Annex", in McClure's Magazine/Volume 51, No. 10, October 1919, p. 26|
- Soul of the Universe! Eternal Love!
- Making for change and death—but for life!
- Multiform, mysterious, exhaustless,
- It is not through you that our spirits become one—
- A bond in the flesh on earth,
- And mingled flames in this realm?
- We three, lovers, husbands of the same woman!
- First I, this woman that was,
- Who loved William and was his wife,
- And loved him none the less in death,
- Nor less when I became the wife,
- Of you, my adored Albert;
- Next I, this man William,
- Who loved you, Albert, in life,
- And next in death,
- Because you loved the Isabel I loved.
- And lastly, I who was Albert,
- Who loved you, William, because you loved her,
- Because she loved you,
- I, who was her husband to the last,
- Treasuring your memory with her—
- Being, O blissful fate, what you were to her,
- With something else which spoke for progress in love.
- This is the mystery, the final consummation,
- The illumination of passion,
- The realization of eternal light
- From the love of man and woman on earth!