Hardy, in his great poem "Hap," maintains
he would be comforted to find his pains
were not what they in fact appear to be—
expected outcomes of "Crass Casualty"—
but the fulfillment of some higher will
intent on doing Thomas Hardy ill.
Aneas, faced with overwhelming odds,
saw in a vision how the very gods
whom he had served now helped his foes destroy
the walls and towers and palaces of Troy.
There is in Vergil, though, no evidence
this vision comforted the Trojan prince.
2001; originally printed in Dark Horse.
by permission of the author.