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Odysseus’s Hope

Shadowing “Penelope’s Despair” 

He had hoped for a long while to

return home.

Thoughts of Penelope’s trueness raced through his mind

and the son he had left so long ago, a man now is he.

What of his people would they still love and old man?

Now standing on his shores he pondered these ideas,

he must first see if an old friend wished to see

his master,

catching up and disguised as a beggar in rags.

Next morning headed for the gates as a spy to see the


the task set before them cannot be complete.

A way with the disguise, to obliterate them, taking back the kingdom

 twenty years of waiting, now it is him they must overthrow.

An old white-bearded man in blood-soaked rags,

now waits

Penelope arrives, astonished by who stands before her,

taken back, her woven birds once colorful, now ashen and black.

Their final enduring, are they sure this is where they should be?

                                                                                                 Courtney Young

Peace and Balence of the mind. 17 March 2010


Dog Trick #1 (Puppy Eyes) 

 How can a dog… make you smile

A wretched old dog with puppy eyes

How can a dog make you want to cry

Lying there knowing he’s about to die


How can a dog make you think of Life

of the After-Life, and Other Lives

How can a dog make you realize…


How can a dog with puppy eyes

Looking at you trying not to cry

How can a dog with puppy eyes

Smiling goodbye  


Sonya Florentino 

This poem fits Argos because he was always loyal to Odysseus. Even until the very end. He recognized his master even in disguise. Being as old as he was he still would have had puppy dog eyes and possibly made Odysseus want to cry.  For his loyal companion Argos. After Odysseus sees Argos he dies and I believe that Argos knew he was ready to go. 

Now that I have finally been permitted to go home. I must devise a strategic scheme in order to over throw the suitors and regain my title as ruler of Ithaca. For so long I have wished to be home and now that this day has finally come, it saddens me to know that I may not reveal my true identity to my wife nor son. For fear that the suitors may kill me right on the spot no. I must go and seek out my most loyal subjects, the ones I can count on no matter what. Of course I must not reveal myself to them as well, but I shall tell them that I am a prophet that has foreseen the coming of Odysseus.  For sure this will convince them to help. They will tell Penelope making sure that the suitors can over hear the conversation. Hopefully the news of my returning will began and up rise in the suitors they will want an answer. Penelope will have to choose. I will suggest that we hold games and who ever is the winner overall will take my place as ruler and that is who Penelope must choose. I believe that Penelope will use the stringing of my bow as a test of  strength. Disgissed as an older crippled man I shall compete in these games and after everyone has tried to string the bow. I will take my turn and as I do so I shall reveal myself to everyone. Only then will I have won my kingdom back fair and square there can be no argument about it, and if anyone objects then they may challenge one of my many followers.

It is very important to be hospitable towards every one, no matter who they are, where they come from, or what religion they happen to be. To be hospitable you must not be sexist, rasist, or self centered. To show hospitality you must be willing to share things such as, food, clothing, and shelter. Not only with friends, but with strangers as well. Must we all be so hospitable? Is it really that necessary?

Hospitality: the quality or disposition of receiving and treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly, generous way

Over coming the fears

Dreadful war

Yearning to be home

Serving my sentence to Poseidon

Severe pain

Everlasting love

Urania thank you

So long I’m going home

Prolong the choosing of another

Engaged in torment

Never giving up hope

Enchanted by the gods

Longing for him to be home

Optimistic on the return

Properly in place

Everlasting love

To try to be a man

Evade suitors

Leader of Ithica

Evince courage and strength

Mentor helped me be a man

Athena is my protector

Calypso the island goddess

Halitherses the soothsayer

Urania, the all-knowing eyes of the skies

Starting a journey

Oh great muse Urania master of astrology, I ask of you to help me on my journey. I ask you for help because I look to the stars for my navigation on this great adventure. When the lands are no longer visible, being the all- seeing eyes of the sky. Predicting the future by what you see in the sky’s. You know all that is and what will be. So I have asked for your help in hopes that you may see a victory in my future. My muse mighty Urania help me see things most can not, lead me into victory and safely return me to my wife Penelope and son Telemachus. May you see greatness in my son’s future and hope in my wife’s.

I am Odysseus and now that the war is over it is my only wish to return home to my beautiful wife Penelope and son Telemachus. Though it has been many years since I last saw them my hopes are to find that my son has grown into a strong handsome young man. For my wife I hope to find that she has not given up hope on my return. I do not wish to come to find another man in my bed with my wife. 

Although I would not blame her for it has been such a long time since we last saw each other. I also hope that Calypso may forgive me for not loving her back. I will hold on to my hopes and wish for the best as I return home to see my wife Penelope and son Telemachus.

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