Odysseus and Evening Traffic

Ever read The Odyssey? Know the story of the cyclops Polyphemus and Odysseus? If not, read it! It’s worth your time and, said read, will help you understand this poem.

Evening Commute

The traffic light,

swaying, assaulted
by a quick

wind; its blind,
red eye,

red like blood,
a cyclops’ blood,

his head swaying,

bobbing, assaulted
by a quick

Achaean, a nobody,
Odysseus, who,

like me, wanted
to go home.


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “We Built This City.”



4 thoughts on “Odysseus and Evening Traffic

  1. I’ve read it, but that would have been perfectly understood had I not. You captured that whole rush hour commute perfectly! (I can also see the light as a pinata if I try hard. Giggle.)


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