Odysseus – revised

“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

Odysseus, you see what lies ahead
for you, the suitors, stealing your bread
they lust, lust for your woman, lust for your land
blissfully oblivious you have the upper hand

Athene is in your corner, but she will not win for you
you see success in your future, but you see failure too
within every lion, as every house
some point in time, you’ll find a mouse

Odysseus, eyes sealed in sleep, so delicious and profound
crying out for you, poor Penelope, haunted sleeps
as Homer said, you sleep so sound
but hers a bed soaked, from all she weeps

Odysseus, son of Laertes
soon the Suitors
will fall to their knees
but now, you sleep

I envy the deep sleep, how it grabs you tonight
the very counterfeit of death, holds you so tight
i read as dawn sits on her golden throne
envious of your sleep, wide awake, alone

© copyright sbarlow 2012

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