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Odysseus

by Mike Gallimore (Age: 64)
copyright 05-03-2008


Age Rating: 13 +

I am sailing on the Southern Ocean
Beneath a canopy of stars.
I am a sailor, and Iím a warrior,
Homeward bound now from the wars.

I heard no sirens, fought no monsters
On this modern odyssey;
But I'm weary from my journeys
And my life upon the sea.

I am sailing on the Southern Ocean;
I am following the stars.
I am a sailor, and Iím a poet,
Heading home, beneath the stars.

My shipmates are my brothers;
We stand together every day.
We are young ones, we are old ones,
We are standing in harmís way.

We are sailing on the Southern Ocean;
We are flying stripes and stars.
We are sailors, and we are soldiers,
Going home now from the wars.

I have children and have not seen them
Since I took myself to sea.
In my dreams I see their mother,
She is reaching out for me.

I am sailing on the Southern Ocean,
Looking for my falling star.
I am a sailor, and Iím a dreamer,
Homeward bound now from the war.

Homeward bound now from the war.






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        12-01-2008     Wayne Thomas        

The best I've heard from you in a while, and that, my friend, says something indeed. There is a wealth of feeling, of fervor, that lesser poets can only hope to imitate, and that poorly. One small correction, in my opinion: should be, I think, "The sailors are my family." It goes smoother for me than "The sailors, they are my family." Only quibble. Nice job!

        05-07-2008     Frank Fields        

This is one I'll read more than once. Homeric and contemporary applications I find, but more: the pen crafting a work which beguiles the reader and entrances the mind with it's gentle rhythm and near epic flow. Excellent imagery and choice of words along with a very skillfully crafted texture. This was quite a pleasurable read, filled with images and thoughts. ^^

Frank:)



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