Academic journal article Transactions of the American Philosophical Society

Arrival

Academic journal article Transactions of the American Philosophical Society

Arrival

Article excerpt

(Poseidon, Iliad XIII)

That's how a god descends from a mountain peak

in Samothrace: startled attention stirs him, then

three strides vault him down to the plain as oak roots shake

and boulders lurch from the cliff face, vomiting down

its loosened jaw of scree: that's how a god descends,

the fourth stride thunders him into his harbor pool

at Aigai where, gold in the weedy depths, his palace bends

the sun beams: golden the armor he buckles, all

sun-hammered glint and gleam the bridles he fastens

on golden-maned horses, his whip a gold parabola in foam,

chariot a churning glare on a wave that glistens:

that's how a god arrives, how grief will come

any day, any ordinary hour, when all we see

is a peculiar, shivering brilliance in the air

like a premonition of migraine; and no one can see

later, how in such a flash, the dark came there. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.