What Telemachus Knew


Telemachus knew of the tides that drew
The wandering spirit back to shore.
But could he recall the fortress fall
On that barren rock across the sea?

A father's memory can fix the misery
Of comrades' call and Achilles fall.
But would he relate the amorous fate
Of that journey without Penelope?

Ulysses could shed tears of dread
As sailors fell into a dark Hell.
But what remorse would he endorse
Over Sirens' song and Calypso's wrong?

As Telemachus would grow he had to know
The duplicity father's words would show
As each retold tale continues to fail
Over anecdote or historical note.

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