Working the Loom of the Sea

Ulysses_and_the_Sirens_by_H.J._DraperI row clear Ulysses
so as not to interrupt
his quest, the voyage dangerous
when left unfinished,
the voyage fraut with what ifs, unfinished,
while the destination is kept waiting.

I sleep in the wake
left by his craft.
I sleep, arock, in his wake,
the cradle of the waves rocked gently
by a finger of the moon
shone on the purple water.

I sleep.  I dream Ulysses safely home,
past Circe, past Charybdis,
song of one, gnashing of the other,
past the high screams of the Sirens
that drive poets crazy.
I row the poet through the Sirens screaming.

I row through the scalding
sea of the ancients,
my skin flayed red
by the Apollonian sun,
for having dreamed Ulysses safely home?,
I bound to row, no harbor mine.

Philip Kuepper
12 January 1014

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