After Troy

Updated on August 13, 2020
The Procession of the Trojan Horse into Troy from Two Sketches Depicting the Trojan Horse, oil on canvas by Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, c. 1760; in the National Gallery, London.
The Procession of the Trojan Horse into Troy from Two Sketches Depicting the Trojan Horse, oil on canvas by Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, c. 1760; in the National Gallery, London. | Source

I wander but I’m not lost.

My lantern shows me the path between

the obfuscations of faithless partners,

like the harpies of ancient times who

scoured flesh from bone until

little of the man remained,

and the brilliance of faithful partners,

like Priam’s ardent wife Hecuba

who died beside her lord

as the world they built burned around them.

I wander and I’ll soon be lost.

The flame in my lantern sputters

from diminishing oil

and in the wilderness

one is left with few options.

© 2020 Nicholas W King

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    • Nicholas W King profile imageAUTHOR

      Nicholas W King 

      5 weeks ago from Tampa, FL

      John, thank you for your comment. I grew up reading Greek mythology and it's always stuck with me through the years.

      Jeshurun, I appreciate your comment. Glad you enjoyed the poem.

      Lee, your enthusiasm is infectious and brought a smile to my face. Thank you for your kind words.

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      Lee A Barton 

      5 weeks ago from New Mexico

      Powerful images! I enjoyed reading your poem!

    • Advitej Jeshurun profile image

      Jeshurun 

      5 weeks ago from Nellore AP India

      Good thought

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      John Hansen 

      5 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      I enjoyed reading this poem with references to Greek mythology.

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