And, as with the sirens whose songs taunted Ithacan ears,
pubescent promises tore me from the mast of innocence
to which I was so securely tied.

Waters, once clear and calm, safe and nurturing,
now ran deep, were pregnant with mystery,
anxiety, danger, the unknown.

At first I tried to return,
but after one glance of faint recognition,
Argos rolled over and died.

O Parnassus!

s balm, lost to Penelopean yearning—
and the mountain. . . barely a memory.




© 2002 Edward King

Edward King is the pen name of a retired commercial airline pilot living in Southern California. He is currently writing his memoirs.

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