Odysseus’ Farewell Speech

Here’s a little something I wrote a few years back after reading The Odyssey by Homer.

Alas, I can see, for the storm has cleared
Cleared me of sins and regrets
Hello to my homeland, gone for 19 years
Farewell to Danger and Death
So long to the memories on Calypso’s Isle
Good-bye to the blinded Plyphêmos
So long to Kirkê, Witch of beauty and trickery
Good-bye old rumors of Lord OdysseusTo my shipmates who all went down a blunder
Who fought through all their fears
May your memories forever more
Scorch my face in tears
Hello darling wife of devotedness
There were so many challenges you faced
Though being in doubt for 19 years
No suitor ever took my place

Thank you daughter of Zeus, Athena
My guardian god of war
You always prepared me by letting me know
exactly what I had in store
Leave me to rest Poseidon, my immortal enemy
Set me free of your anger and wrath
Note that what I did was for defense
So please set down your staff

My Son, my sweet Telemakhos
Haven’t seen you since you were ye high
I hope you are no longer clearheaded
And know what you want from life
To those unloyal men who courted my wife
When they thought I was dead and gone
Now slaughtered and off to Hades you are
Because I still remain strong

No more wet cheeks from disaster of before
No more Death walking through my door
No more ignorance and deceit from my men
No more wondering of my whereabouts from my kin

The time has come for a revolution
So I am here, after all these heart aching years
A reformation of Lordship is needed
While my Swineherd and Cowherd stay loyal here
My people stopped believing and stopped expecting my return
And they will learn to reap what they sow
Leaving all my perils and strives behind
It’s been a long trip, but I’m finally home

Alas, I can see, for the storm has cleared
Cleared me of sins and regrets
Hello to my homeland, gone for 19 years
Farewell to Danger and Death

-Deneé Jones
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