What is Tomorrow to the Eternal?

Let me leave this land.

I

If what you wish to behold
is the rhythm of my world,
consider this shadow in a chair at a desk.
I have been a crust upon the sill
for far too long.

I am Polyphemus, the Ocean’s son,
three thousand years from my father,
two thousand leagues from my flowering isle,
an empty edifice, a broken clockface,
a shrunken, meek man,
fearful and alone.

This man is no-man,
crouched at a desk like a locust’s shell,
and I clutch him to me,
to my mouth, which cannot speak,
to my eye, sight spun inward,
to my sagging flesh
doomed to everlasting life.

I am Polyphemus,
although my name and place
have changed.

II

The loneliest of men
must have a pet,
what matters the promenade?
A park or kitchen counter?
I must measure something
beyond the insect souls you send me
for breakfast, that gristly fare.

III

It is clear you monitor
my hidden thoughts,
but you see distortions… or seem to see…

not-me….

IV

My visit to the lady
was regulated carefully,
discrete dress, park bench time,
and a bagful of food won me favor.
She was a distraction,
a curiosity, a holiday,
but I wished for redemption.
All parts and plays fuse into one,
but this transcends your plans.

Or mine.

V

She wore her skin like a balm,
her hands sticky with dark paste.
She slipped away as I fell apart,
voiceless in regret and shattered dreams,
I shuffled out and left my human shell
like a rumpled suit upon her floor.

VI

I have clipped and crimped willful things the last time.
Leave me to the streets,
a purblind reflex with no face.
Let me leave this land!
Ulysses left me wounded and alone,
that trickster bastard and his crew,
why can’t I depart, a goatherd in a foreign land?

Let me sail like a seer among storms,
squinting past lashing wind and sleet,
grasping the ropes to trim the sails,
into the unknown once more and forever.

Author: makingsenseofcomplications

I have an academic background in literature and, separately, science. My career has been in industry in positions of increasing responsibility assisting in the drug development process - one of the most amazing intellectual pursuits of the human mind, among many other amazing intellectual pursuits. I am interested in films, philosophy, history, art, music, science (obviously), literature (also obviously), some video gaming, human behavior, and many other topics. I wish there was more time in every day because we have a world that is full of amazing phenomena that are considered too superficially by too many. Although my first and last names are fictional, I think I believe in all of the stuff you read here, although I retain the right in perpetuity of changing my thoughts about anything written herein.

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