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Achilles & Patroclus

An Ekphrastic Poem

By D. J. ReddallPublished 12 days ago Updated 12 days ago 1 min read
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Your poverty is not exactly mine

Long journeys do not always yield progress

Your world looks warm and your smiles define

The immunity of youth to distress

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Of a kind that only time can create

How green your land is, like my ignorance

Of what you dream and say and whom you hate

Words and images do a charming dance

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Smells you recognize like your family

Would be hostile strangers in my nostrils

Your faith has a dangerous gravity

Fortresses can create prison morals

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Will your work be more joyful than my own?

Will just the right human appear for you?

What will grow now that your friendship is sown?

Will you change, or will the others change you?

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You could be Achilles and Patroclus

Or everyone we’re not, or all of us

Ekphrastic
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About the Creator

D. J. Reddall

I write because my time is limited and my imagination is not.

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  • Rachel S10 days ago

    stunning!!! psyochologically written!

  • Andrea Corwin 11 days ago

    The immunity of the young to distress - yeah!! The friends/partners or perhaps “societies” of men…. I recently read what a “lothario” Rushdie was. Nice ending with the photo; this poem makes one stop to ponder.

  • "Will your work be more joyful than my own? Will just the right human appear for you? What will grow now that your friendship is sown? Will you change, or will the others change you?" Loved this stanza the most. Certainly very thought provoking!

  • Rachel Deeming12 days ago

    I am reading "Ransom" at the moment by David Malouf - do you know it? It is about Priam taking a ransom to Achilles for the body of Hector to be returned. This is a timely sonnet. I'm not sure who all the people are here pictured. Is that Martin Amis with Salman Rushdie? Deftly done - as always.

  • Well done boy.

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