Friday, May 30, 2008
Sunset over Ithaka, island home of Odysseus
So hereby my Homeric tale:
I set my foot along the path
Bereft of horse and shoe and nail;
Inciting neither joy nor wrath
Of lofty gods, my ship set sail.
And venture far I did in time
By sea and land and mountain pass,
In scalding heat or winter clime,
By desert dune or high crevasse—
A windswept wand'rer's paradigm.
To fabled Ithaka and back
With canvas set my oarsmen rowed
The island of the wise to sack,
As passing years like water flowed
Beneath the keel's soft hissing track.
But then at last the field and grove
Of distant shore before me lay,
That land for which so long I strove
Through trackless sand and crashing spray,
To loot and plunder wisdom's trove.
There sat an ancient in his hut:
"Your journey was the prize you sought,"
He smiled, and I could not rebut.
"No greater treasure can be bought,"
And with a laugh, his door he shut.
© 2008 Jeffrey Hull