Fate and the Furies

Fate and the Furies twined their web-like hands
and bade me love you; childlike, I reneged
and struggled in the light of their commands
in keeping with an oath I once had pledged.
As a mortal, how could I compete
against kismet? I saw you everywhere
and knew, alone, I could not be complete--
for we are two with but one soul to share.

I'm not the tender of my fate, I know
that now, my dear, for when I am with you
my body tingles in the web they sew
and senses what these sisters say is true.

You have my heart, now take my reborn soul
and join it, love, with yours, to make it whole.

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Despina Fassuliotis is a daughter of immigrants whose mother loved to write poetry in her native Greek language. As a child she was drawn to writing poetry and was named class poet in her high school senior year. Her love of English literature led her to a career as a junior high school English teacher in the Bronx, New York City, where she inspired her students to write and to love all aspects of poetry. "Fate and the Furies" is one of the first love poems she wrote and dedicated solely to her husband Bill, early in their marriage.