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Epic Pursuits

Back in the mists of time
Were stories sung 
Where minds by minstrels were held
In thrall
With tales revealing 
Viscerality and viciousness
The currency of glory and shame.

Who does not marvel at 
Achilles's pride
A ruthless killing machine 
In his revenge
For his beloved Patroclus
And shrink 
At the terrible price paid
By brave Hector 
Before the sorrowing eyes 
Of his wife and child?

Therein we see the splendour 
As well as the grimness 
When foes collide

Daredevil Odysseus 
Charms us with his wiles
And inventive ruses
Yet what horrors,hardship 
And heartache 
Were his 
As homecoming was in his heart
With Poseidon vowing vengeance

Pain,pleasure and punishment 
He met 
In equal measure
Before rescuing 
 His priceless pearl
From the rapacity and greed
Of the  craven suitors.

These were the gifts  
To posterity
Handed down
By Homer.

From these twin tales
There grew
The exploits of pius Aeneas
Driven from his homeland
War stricken
Driven by destiny
To seek a new home.

At the behest of Caesar
Did Virgil fashion his verse
Plundering Homer
That his hero
Would personal glory
and pleasure abjure
In a self -denying ordinance
To meet duty's demands.

Such self-denial cost him
Deserted and distraught
 And brought him
Into the depths of Hades
From where he rose 
A new man 
With a deeper mission 
To grace the world
With its master race,
That destiny ordained from above.

And we as readers must choose
The tale that to our soul  sings
Touching our humanity
Both starkly 
And with the tight  tenderness
Of truth.

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  1. Date: 4/20/2016 2:42:00 PM

    Well written Denis...
  1. Date: 4/20/2016 12:06:00 PM

    Homer, one of my favorites. I devoured the Iliad and the Odyssey. Penelope had a few clever tricks of her own. Well written, Denis.