(On the final installment of the Immortal Blair, “No one is Immortal.” )
He who loves himself so much / he cannot see others
Cannot even see himself / but only worships
the body that he wears
Has now seen two women:
Kathryn the mortal wife he loved / and now Janice
For whom to his own surprise / He risked
His beloved: His body
His precious self!
A slight crack / in the narcissistic armor.
A third person too he’s seen/ Saul, his mentor
Whom we have met before / and now have seen from two sides.
Abandoned and abandonee / still faithful to one other.
A fourth seen at last /the body that he wears
Seen with the mind
rather than just the passionate ardor of a lover
And understands why it does not age.
Steps toward humanity!
Yet, though he has lived
three centuries / Blair has so much less soul
She is badly damaged / broken
Wounded to the core / and yet
Sheened from within with glowing life.
Soon we will hear her own voice speaking.
NOTE: Oxadrenals has asked me to mention that “The Hafeem Saul” is meant to be read between Narrative 1 and the not-yet posted Narrative 3. He admits that it’s written in a more formal style that some people may find it difficult, and adds that it can be skipped without missing any major plot points. I suppose that’s true, but I highly recommend giving it a try. It tells so much about Saul, a Hafeem who plays an important role in everything that comes after. — Kate