Thursday, 6 November 2014

Regret 2:

He hates sailing now, though he must if he is ever
to find his way back to Penelope’s arms; arms
he desires even as he fears her serious eyes —
for Odysseus knows she will see the stain of Hecabe.

She will witness Odysseus’ eyes,
she will study Hecabe’s leap from the prow,
a Trojan rock breaking free from the cliff
and falling silent  into the utter coldness of the sea;
a leap to death’s green drowning
preferable to the supplication of his bed.

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