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.


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

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

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

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

    Good response

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

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

  7. Powerful words Friko, a great poem.

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

  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.

  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!

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

  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.


  13. I like your take on this image.

  14. Wow! This is wonderful!! :)

  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.

  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

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

  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

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

  20. Very nicely executed in classical style.

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

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

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

  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

  25. Impressive !

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

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

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

  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!


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