poet Giorgos Seferis

Giorgos Seferis

The Companions In Hades

<i>fools, who ate the cattle of Helios Hyperion;
but he deprived them of the day of their return. </i>
— Odyssey

Since we still had some hardtack
how stupid of us
to go ashore and eat
the Sun's slow cattle,

for each was a castle
you'd have to battle
forty years, till you'd become
a hero and a star!

On the earth's back we hungered,
but when we'd eaten well
we fell to these lower regions
mindless and satisfied.

Poem Submitted: Sunday, April 15, 2012

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (11/19/2015 2:04:00 PM)

    this warning against hubris seems both witty and tragic, full of satire and wisdom

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