On Scherian Shores

 

 

Alcinous gave the Greek king stage

And reveled in the tales he told

His stories had become a wage

As he was shipwrecked with no gold

 

And when Alcinous asked of love

Odysseus gave pause to think

He smiled at lamp lit above

Tilting head to finish his drink

 

I have known hundreds of women

But I do not say this as boast

Rarified the magic given

To ones I remember the most

 

For of all the beauties I have known

Each so rare and so exquisite

The greatest on two hands be shown

Life left changed by angel’s visit

 

Their love did shine above the rest

In a life that passed by so fast

No measure given to which best

Just one was first and one was last

 

The first love, her name was Storge

I knew her when I was still young

But the love we still share today

Did our family bond become

 

Another love since younger years

Dear Philia, the greatest friend

The shoulder that felt all the tears

An ungendered love that could mend

 

Yet transient love comes and goes

Days spent sharing a laugh or smile

But the heart was still an echo

And this bond was a bit fragile

 

Then, as young men are want to do

Becoming man now more than myth

It was Eros’ love I knew

And her sultry feminine gifts

 

She had me chained for many years

Abandoned in her sweet desires

Until Xenia showed a love clear

Cold nights warmed by sharing fire

 

She I had loved in many eyes

Each kind word and helpful gesture

Graciousness her hiding’s demise

Her love gave the world new texture

 

My love for Philautia just grew

The seed in birth, esteem bestowed

Struggled through each trial anew

The only love that I was owed

 

Mirrored her reflecting the self

And finding how to love him too

This type of love the greatest wealth

But the heart demands more from you

 

So, with a golden wedding ring

Loved Pragma met at the altar

Lasting bond hoped duty would bring

The easiest love to falter

 

Amongst the years and all the trysts

A love that let the heart act fool

The uncomplicated Ludus

Flirtatious, enticing, playful

 

For those the well-remembered fun

And each was a slice of heaven

But there is still the greatest one

Making final count just seven

 

Of all the loves from tame to wild

The only one that really stays

Is the love you have for your child

An endless love named, Agape

 

 

 

Comments
10 Responses to “On Scherian Shores”
  1. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Quite moving and lovely in verse, historical references and rhythm. A most beautiful poem Brad.

  2. Jim Borden says:

    beautiful! this one made me do some research on the different kinds of love you mention. Quite impressive how you were able to weave them all into a rhyming poem. well done, Brad!

    • Brad Osborne says:

      I love that you care enough to research the context of my words. That is great praise! The pretense is that this was one of the many discussions Odysseus had while shipwrecked and a guest in the house of Alcinous, as portrayed in the Odyssey. Heady stuff, right? Thanks, as always, my friend!

  3. kristianw84 says:

    I love how you weave the different types of love and history throughout your poem. Brilliant, Brad. And beautiful to boot! You have an extraordinary gift!!

  4. jupitergrant says:

    Brilliant. This is fantastic, Brad 👏👏👏

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