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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Once Across the Styx



Charon tapped out the coin
capping my closed left eye
carried me on a night-dark tour
into a silent octave of days,
come the ninth
he ferried me home
refunded the golden fare.

Today.
I don’t rock the boat.
Quiet
and
slow,
pebbles in my pockets
and payment in my palm.











Writers Island Prompt: Fork in the Road

18 comments:

Mandy said...

pebble in hand
great
and a marvellous fractal

Mary Timme said...

I love the poem and the picture of the fractuals! They are always so. . . does lively do it?

UL said...

simply brilliant...i am lost for words. Lovely!

Herb Urban said...

I'd give a pocket full of gold coins to sit contently in the boat and let it gently sway me, releasing the urge to relentlessly rock back and forth. To know such contentment would be priceless.

Richard said...

I'm a total sucker for mythological references, and enjoyed your journey. Thanks.

Constance said...

Ohh, I like this! Love the line "Today.
I don’t rock the boat."

It has lots of implications. :) Also love the use of mythology. Good stuff!

Just Jen said...

thanks for your encouragement!
You certainly do have a flare for words and I always enjoy visiting you too....I like your haiku also...i'm a fool ;)

Jo said...

oh this is so well done, so deep.

Marja said...

Absolutely stunningly beautiful!!

lissa said...

lovely imaginary

watermaid said...

As Charon is the ferryman to Hades, it's interesting that the narrator is paying to go there and is returned on the ninth after 'an octave of days' (lovely phrase. This told such a story and I'm into these Greek myths too. beautiful fractal!

keith hillman said...

I always find myself lost for words when it comes to commenting on your wonderful pieces. This time I was particularly struck by
'a silent octave of days'. Nice one!

Thinking aloud said...

nice imagery left me speechless!!

*silent octave of days*...that was excellent!

gautami tripathy said...

Your use of phrases make me speechless!

Crafty Green Poet said...

I love the shape of this poem as well as everything else

Redness said...

No more rocking that boat - isn't it the best? Wonderful poem!

Lucy said...

tumble words.. your words just take the reader on journey! Thank you! ( i needed to get out of the house!)

rebecca said...

your written word is so incredibly beautiful....thank you for another lovely, inspiring post.