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Poetry – Odyssey

June 6, 2011

Odyssey

I suppose I flew,

making it half way across the world somehow.

I may have been too young to remember

or just forgot. Either way

it was no trial of Odysseus

conceived by an angry god.

I’ve been here more than ten years

with as many different homes

searching for Ithaca.

One after the other they pass with ease

like islands across the Aegean.

From place to place I’ve felt some connection.

Yet nothing more

than memories to keep me.

I feel an anxious ill ease about the future.

Everything drifts with the tide and moon

and I’m not sure where I’m heading.

I look towards the beginning, where I started off

for the return journey. But the guiding star

is half a world away.

I’ve changed enough to know myself

that there are no guarantees.

No constants any more and just the journey.

So everyday I proceed

and concede a little more

that I’ve burnt my Ithaca

and become the odyssey.

AJG

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