Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Wednesday Poems: Penelope

Wednesday, like all days, is a good day for poetry.

This weeks poem is about Penelope, the long suffering wife of Odysseus in Homer's Odyssey.


I am weaving you a coat
from the thread of my tears.
Lovers pass my window,
the cool shadows of their bodies
fall through the doorway,
their soft laughter falls
into the wind.

Every morning I turn
to the clicking loom and make
my longing into substance
Every evening I unravel 
my dark hunger
and look into the broad cap of night--
the warp of stars
where I might find you.

The treetops twist in uneasy sleep
and braid their branches to the sea.
I dream of white sails
billowing into the breaking gold of sunrise
the linen promise of your return.

1 comment:

  1. Was going to stop reading but every time I tried, I kept wanting to know what came next. Awesome job.