THE RESTLESS SEA historical quatrain for contest

Written by: Victoria Anderson-Throop


                                         THE RESTLESS SEA


                           As dawn swept 'way the morning stars
                           A gloomy Helen glared
                           Poor Paris stood in silence-- watched--
                           He’d kiss her if he dared.

                           The sea was raging round their heads
                           The men rowed without cease
                           The lovers headed to their doom--
                            A myth is birthed in Greece

                           Ten thousand ships launch in pursuit
                           Rough soldiers flex their knees--
                           Today hunt thieves tomorrow queens-- 
                           Men do what kings will please

                           The soldiers puked and gambled hard
                           Twas boredom that they feared
                           A seasick trip was just a jaunt--
                           The Trojan shore appeared

                           The glory grew beyond Troy’s walls
                           The truth no one can trust….
                           Dark tragedy writ in the books--
                           Tis flung among the dust.


Victoria Anderson-Throop
1/14/13