The Companions in Hades

fools, who ate the cattle of Helios Hyperion;
but he deprived them of the day of their return.
— Odyssey

Since we still had some hardtack
how stupid of us
to go ashore and eat
the Sun’s slow cattle,

for each was a castle
you’d have to battle
forty years, till you’d become
a hero and a star!

On the earth’s back we hungered,
but when we’d eaten well
we fell to these lower regions
mindless and satisfied.

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4 Responses to “The Companions in Hades”

  1. Dylan Thomas Hayden Says:

    George Seferis, “The Companions in Hades” from Collected Poems (George Seferis). Translated, edited, and introduced by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard. Copyright © 1995 by George Seferis.

  2. yes, it was just like that, meat and mead.. dead dreams and odyssies

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  4. Reblogged this on pigshitpoet and commented:
    yes, it was just like that, meat and mead.. dead dreams and old odyssies

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