Writing in Whangarei

Ulysses Reconsidered

Just like Farnese’s birds, whose voices became caught
On an unchanging view of palaces in ruin,
You fell into a dream: one of rivers that ran
With sentimental ease before your family seat.
But left to choose, you changed the eternal for light,
Where gifted canon’s robes allowed your mind to turn
From thoughts of chimney smoke and gardens seldom seen,
The limestone of your end betraying words of slate.
The Fleece still hangs unclaimed, yet slowly I’m pulled back
To forest-covered hills and hard volcanic rock,
Unsure of how the tide has brought me to this shore.
Your counsel holds no truth for sailors who have come
To crave the open sea, when mesmorized by fame,
You never knew the life you claimed to hold so dear.

-Aaron Robertson


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