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May 8, 2012
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Speak through me, Muse, and sing me the tale
Of that girl unskilled in the ways of the world--
The intrepid wanderer,
Seeking truth for years on end,
Oblivious to the dynamics around her
As others talk with their eyes and dance with their words.

Many the nights she's lain awake,
Living the hurts of her friends, powerless to help.
Trying to save the world
When she can't even save herself.

She wrote dark storms of words
And ascertained the deceptive nature of journals.
She lied to others and she lied to herself.
She learned that sharp words leave scars,
Struggling each day to open her eyes
And walk toward the light;

Yet despite her best intentions, sometimes she strayed:
But hands were there to guide her back to the path,
And hearts were there to share her pain.
Growing and changing and coming to see
That she didn't have to understand humanity to be human--
She doesn't have to earn love to be loved,
And angels can hide in the oddest of places.

Of these trials and tribulations, Muse, tell us in our time:
Give her song wings once more.
My English assignment was to compose an original poem modeled after the Invocation in Book One of The Odyssey. For those unfamiliar with the text, translation of the passage follows:

Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns
Driven time and again off course, once he had plundered
The hallowed heights of Troy.
Many cities of men he saw and learned their minds,
Many pains he suffered, heartsick on the open sea,
Fighting to save his life and bring his comrades home.
But he could not save them from disaster, hard as he strove--
The recklessness of their own ways destroyed them all,
The blind fools, they devoured the cattle of the Sun
And the Sungod wiped from sight the day of their return.
Launch out on his story, Muse, daughter of Zeus,
Start from where you will--sing for our time, too.

Translation by Robert Fagles: [link]

Accompanying illustration found here: [link]

Please do not use without my permission.
Comments are welcome and greatly appreciated. Any feedback is great to hear. What can I do better?

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tguillot Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This has an ethereal concept, and flowing words, like honey.
It is quite dark, but a fascinating read.
theWitchofGrich Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
hahaha, I love the invocation :D :D
violetense Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student Writer
Gracias :heart:
winter33 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow! Your teacher must be impressed. I hope you got a good grade on this, because I would give it an A+
violetense Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student Writer
Gracias :heart:
winter33 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome. :)
KittySib Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
OMG, I loved this!:D
violetense Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student Writer
Gracias :heart:
KittySib Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
IrelElengar Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student Writer
This is beautiful!
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