Sonnet: “If Fortune be a woman, who is she…”

If Fortune be a woman, who is she

Whose stony gaze gives Danish princes pause,

Whose hush’ed nighttime verse sets apt men free

Falling into balmy, inky nothingness?

What name hath she who, like young Scylla, mauls

And drowns lost souls in secret wilderness

From which no wand’rer, once gone, e’er returns;

What siren sings from sandy Stygian shores?

Might she be some black-cloak’ed Fate forlorn,

Whose claw plucks soft upon our mortal strings?

Or be she Muse, whose slow and gentle scores

Breath life into our worst imaginings?

Perhaps she be not any nymph at all:

Sexless; faceless; voiceless; Unnamable.

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