anne carson, the beauty of the husband

“Anyway what would you have done–
torn the phone off the wall? smothered him with a pillow?
emptied his wallet and run?
But you overlook an important cultural function of games.
To test the will of the gods.
Huizinga reminds us that war itself is a form of divination.

Husband and wife did not therefore engage in murder
but continued their tour of the Peloponnese….

Waiting for the future and for the gods,

husband and wife rested,

as players may rest against the rules of the game,
if it is a game, if they know the rules,
and it was and they did.”

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