Louise Gluck

(22 April 1943 / New York / United States)

The Triumph Of Achilles - Poem by Louise Gluck

In the story of Patroclus
no one survives, not even Achilles
who was nearly a god.
Patroclus resembled him; they wore
the same armor.

Always in these friendships
one serves the other, one is less than the other:
the hierarchy
is always apparant, though the legends
cannot be trusted--
their source is the survivor,
the one who has been abandoned.

What were the Greek ships on fire
compared to this loss?

In his tent, Achilles
grieved with his whole being
and the gods saw
he was a man already dead, a victim
of the part that loved,
the part that was mortal.


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  • (5/14/2014 11:06:00 PM)


    Enjoyable read! Have always enjoyed reading the Greek myths! Well done! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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