ULYSSES BY THE MERLION

A well-known poem by Singaporean poet and scholar Edwin Thumboo, whom I first met in a book he edited “& Words: Poems Singapore and Beyond,” which I reviewed for the “Asiatic Literary Journal” several years ago. This poem is perhaps his best known of all his poems.

Lit With Me

ULYSSES BY THE MERLION (for Maurice Baker)
Edwin Thumboo

I have sailed many waters,
Skirted islands of fire,
Contended with Circe
Who loved the squeal of pigs;
Passed Scylla and Charybdis
To seven years with Calypso,
Heaved in battle against the gods.
Beneath it all
I kept faith with Ithaca, travelled,
Travelled and travelled,
Suffering much, enjoying a little;
Met strange people singing
New myths; made myths myself.

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About gwpj

Originally from Seattle, I now live in Sapporo, Japan, where I write, explore this city, read widely, and ask questions about things that i see as important. I'm also an author, with three novels published ("The Old Man and The Monkey", "Grandfather and The Raven", and "Bear: a story about a boy and his unusual dog"). For more information about my writing, drop by my website, at www.geogepolleyauthor.com.
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