Odyssey from Africa 13d 14a

Chapter 13d

Yet at length he reawakened 
As if in another lifetime 
Han discerned a sound and movement 
Stiffly rose to look about him

And he saw his precious Matto
Crouching near him in the vessel!
That was now half filled with water
Matto quietly worked at bailing 
 
With cupped hands the flooded bilges
Han was filled with joy unbounded 
As the son embraced the father
For a sweet eternal moment 
 
Rising from the sea a massive 
Silent form now dimmed the sunlight 
Just an arm span from their gunwale
And a huge round eye looked on them
 
For some seconds eye to eye Han
Held the gaze of that great humpback 
Through a veil of tears communing
With the giant of the ocean

Till the whale descended slowly 
Back beneath the shimmering ocean 
Raising up enormous tail-flukes 
In a final salutation 

Then swam down below the dancing
Rays of darkness-piercing sunlight 
Han and Matto gazed around 
Upon a wide and whale-less ocean

So they set about preparing 
For their lengthy homeward journey
Han now spoke at last to Matto
Asked the boy how he was feeling 
 
What had it been like within the
Stomach of the great sea creature?
Matto briefly paused, before he
Answered: “it was kind of smelly”

Han and Matto navigated
Back toward the Island Kingdom 
Eking out their flask of water
And the strips of sun-dried goats meat 
 
Tor had placed within the boat these
Items just before they parted
Two full days and nights of sailing
Brought them to their wide bay’s entrance 
 
Someone must have seen their boat, for
As they sailed toward the harbour
Kwona, Lisa and the shipwright 
Waited for them on the jetty 
 
So they all were reunited 
Father, mother, son and daughter 
And they walked back home together 
In the fading light of evening 


Chapter 14a King Ptolemy the Second
 
When they rose the following morning
In the comfort of their bedrooms 
In the large and splendid mansion 
Which was now their habitation 
 
They at length sat down for breakfast 
And the talking turned to business 
For a royal invitation 
Had that day to Han been issued 

For King Ptolemy the Second 
Had been told about the travelers 
Of the fisherman’s young family 
Of their exile and adventures 

So the family were invited 
To attend the royal palace
In the island’s largest township 
The resplendent Cannabarro

Thus began the preparations 
They were issued with new clothing 
Colourful and stylish garments 
Perfect both in size and comfort

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