tagNon-Erotic PoetryWhat I Learned of Love in Troy

What I Learned of Love in Troy


I never worried about Penelope
while on this journey some few gods have made

my penance for a war I only played
to win. I dealt with other things—Circe,

Polyphemus, rock-bound Sirens swayed
by delirium of lust and need

to open their legs and sing so that we
would smash our small boat off their stunted quay

just to get to them. I don't need love that much.
I trust what waits for me in Ithaka

is all my blood, my son Telemachus
and his sturdy-bodied mother. Ah,

I long to luxuriate at home and slice
the fine-stretched throats of those who've loved my wife.

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