Sunday, 11 December 2011

On The Banks of The River Acheron



On the banks of the River of Woe,
Forsaken by the gods,
I await your return from Hades,
O Charon.
Sullen and wrathful my life,
In death condemned
 To wander
These shores,
My soul yearns for release.

I beseech you,
O Charon,
Ferry me across the dark river
To the mouth of Hades,
And the Adamantine Gates
Guarded by Cerberus,
Take me to
Eternal bliss
In the Elysian Fields.
My Obol be your reward.





36 comments:

  1. Oh wow, this is my favorite so far. I love it!

    ReplyDelete
  2. nice invocation of charon...had not thought that direction but certainly fits....very nice friko

    ReplyDelete
  3. An erudite and lyrical response to the prompt. Well done.

    ReplyDelete
  4. It is such a dark, sad and lonely picture this week.

    Good response

    ReplyDelete
  5. My brain got stuck on Obol - so much so, I had to email you! Hehehe! ♥

    ReplyDelete
  6. A dark pic Friko, but a great poem.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Powerful words Friko, a great poem.

    ReplyDelete
  8. How wonderful that you have this mythic storehouse to draw on, Friko. Lovely! xxj

    ReplyDelete
  9. I don't know how you go to the well and retrieve such rich coffee instead of mud, but you are successful once again.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Of course I had to look up a couple of names here, so you not only helped me along in my blog education but the poem is great regardless.
    Well said!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Wow, that's got power ... and you have me looking things up to refresh my memory of mythology.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Dear Friko,

    Evocative photograph and poignant response. Thank you.

    I hope you are feeling better and that the body is rewarding you--with an obol or two--for your taking care of it.

    Peace.

    ReplyDelete
  13. I like your take on this image.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Wow! This is wonderful!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  15. Excellent take on your prompt...but I confess to looking up Obol...Google tells me it is a Greek coin or a fancy cereal bowl that prevents soggy cereal. So I continue to learn anew when visiting you,,,

    Such an eerie image.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Wonderful, Friko. I was thinking of Charon earlier today, while reading someone else's blog, not in response to this prompt.
    Your poem is as beautifully written as your prose. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

    ReplyDelete
  17. Well, this is bloody brilliant--didn't take long for you to spring back into action full stop!

    ReplyDelete
  18. at last, we whisper the same ancient hopes and prayers as every other soul that has ever lived . . . and left. . .

    Gentle courage, some call it 'faith' is not disappointed- even at end I feel.

    Aloha from Waikiki

    Comfort Spiral

    > < } } ( ° >

    ><}}(°>

    < ° ) } } > <

    ReplyDelete
  19. A beautiful, mythical poem...fantasy has me dreaming of ages past

    ReplyDelete
  20. Very nicely executed in classical style.

    ReplyDelete
  21. I stick with the 'Take me to
    Eternal bliss' part! ♥

    ReplyDelete
  22. A very haunting and sad piece. I like it very much.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Bravo! I don't understand a word of it but it sure reads well.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Love the "stuck in the mud" image. I feel like that some days. Cheer up, the days fly by at our age and spring will be here before you know it. Dianne

    ReplyDelete
  25. Impressive !

    But I have to admit that the whole idea makes me happy , yet again , not to be Greek , Ancient or Modern .

    ReplyDelete
  26. Great interpratation of the prompt, invoking Charon, Cerberus etc. Most enjoyable.

    ReplyDelete
  27. Good to have a more classical take on the prompt.

    ReplyDelete
  28. I do a bit of china collecting, and was astonished to find a very early Knowles, Taylor, Knowles mark - Adamantine - in the midst of your poem. Thus does education advance.

    Allowing classical references to feel alive and vibrant in the present is a real gift - brava!

    ReplyDelete

Comments are good, I like to know what you think of my posts. I know you'll keep it civil.