If everything works out, it occurs to me that a nice thing to do would to be give Kyrie some kind of gift. I was thinking of maybe a necklace with a birthstone (a little complicated to get beforehand because I can't be sure if I'll need December or January).
Good idea? Bad idea? Where could I get one? I'd very much welcome any comments or other suggestions.
And because, really, this post would hardly qualify as niobe-esque without at least a dollop of bitterness, here are some fragments from one of the poems that echoes through my head at the most inopportune moments, courtesy of Robert Bridges,* whose "writing suffered the singular and ironic misfortune of winning broad public favor at the expense of understanding."
Why hast thou nothing in thy face?
Thou idol of the human race,
Thou tyrant of the human heart,
Surely thy body is thy mind,
For in thy face is nought to find,
Only thy soft unchristen’d smile,
That shadows neither love nor guile,
But shameless will and power immense,
In secret sensuous innocence.
Ah yet no victim of thy grace,
None who e’er long’d for thy embrace,
Hath cared to look upon thy face.
*Who also wrote the extraordinary poem On a Dead Child, most of which is a bit too sentimental for my taste, but, oh, those last couple of lines.