The Fates | Wilfred Owen (1917)

Portrait of Frances Virginia Lee Harris, 1903

They watch me, those informers to the Fates, 
 Called Fortune, Chance, Necessity, and Death; 
Time, in disguise as one who serves and waits, 
 Eternity, as girls of fragrant breath. 
 I know them. Men and Boys are in their pay, 
 And those I hold my trustiest friends may prove 
 Agents of Theirs to take me if I stray 
 From fatal ordinance. If I move they move---

Escape? There is one unwatched way: your eyes, 
 O Beauty! Keep me good that secret gate! 
 And when the cordon tightens of the spies 
 Let the close iris of your eyes grow great. 
 So I’ll evade the vice and rack of age 
 And miss the march of lifetime, stage by stage.

The Fates, Wilfred Owen (1917)

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