On Ithaca’s Shore

The Odyssey, Book I

The Odyssey, one of two ancient Greek epic poems, “focuses on the Greek hero Odysseus (known as Ulysses in Roman myths), king of Ithaca, and his journey home after the fall of Troy. It takes Odysseus ten years to reach Ithaca after the ten-year Trojan War. In his absence, it is assumed Odysseus has died, and his wife Penelope and son Telemachus must deal with a group of unruly suitors, the Mnesteres (Greek: Μνηστῆρες) or Proci, who compete for Penelope’s hand in marriage.”

Having such a wonderful home, simple, but warm and filled with love, I considered Odysseus this morning, a man of the sea who perhaps after being away from his home, his love, for song long, might never want to embrace the sea again.


On Ithaca’s Shore


again stepped back,
and trembled,
watching Penelope
collect scallop shells
strewn on the wet sand
like abandoned slivers
of silver –
the sea tumbling
upon itself,
the siren’s shrill song,
Circe’s cold hands –

the bold, the cunning,
afraid to taste
that salt again.


via Daily Prompt: Retreat


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