“No sooner had they swung back and churned the water with their blades than sweet oblivion sealed Odysseus’ eyes in sleep, delicious and profound, the very counterfeit of death”

Homer – The Odyssey




you see what lies ahead

for you

and the men that steal your bread


And they lust

for your woman and land

and even though

you have the upper hand

still there is  a mouse

existing within a lion


Athene is in your corner

but she will not win for you

and even though

you see success  in your future

you think maybe you might not

have a future


And Penelope

haunted sleeps

a bed soaked

from all she weeps


But tonight on the ship

heading back to Ithaca

you sleep so sound

just as Homer said

so delicious and profound


How I envy the deep sleep

that grabs you tonight

the very counterfeit of death


Odysseus, son of Laertes

soon the Suitors

will fall to their knees

but now

you sleep

and I read of you

wide awake

before dawn sits on her golden throne



© copyright sbarlow 2012


one day

cycling walking whatever

downhill is easy

seemingly forever

but then

rock bottom

you resent the situation

you got yourself in


to get to the other side

too good for the crossing

but then

you didn’t see karma coming

and it hits you


like an arrow through the heart


waking up to the truths

that cause violation of virtues

dreaming wishing hoping

one day one day

one day the same as the next

putting everything you are

to the toughest test


© copyright sbarlow 2012