Ulysses to Nausicaa

You saw me rising
Half-awake between
Dawn-clad reeds and bushes
My face defaced
By the sea and leeches.

Your pretty maids screamed
At my nakedness —
Scrambled across the beach
Knocked down castles
Beyond Ithaca’s reach.

You remained. Observed:
Wet dripping beard
And watchful olive leaves
Sweat brightened cheeks —
Oracular beliefs!

Nameless, your nightsong
Brought me back my name —
Nausicaa, I am not the guiltless
God of your dreams.
Giants, enchantresses,

Poseidon’s tantrums,
Hemlock ports — I led
My sailors through violence —
Saw compassion
Lost in dirgeless silence.

Time unfurls my sails.
I can almost hear
Ithaca’s seagulls’ cries:
Now, Nausicaa,
Untie me with your eyes.

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About VijayNair

I retired as Associate Professor, Department of English, Government Victoria College Palakkad, Kerala. I taught English Language and Literature in various colleges for 31 years. My Ph.D. thesis was on the plays of Wole Soyinka. My collections of verse include "The City and the Hermitage" (1988), "Doors Swing Open" (2008), "Eyes" (2010) and "Whispers of Light in Darkness" (2013). My poems have also appeared in the International Anthologies "I am a Poet" (2013), "With Love" (2013), "Synthesis" (2014) "Poetic Symphonies" (2015) and "Heavenly Hymns" (2015).

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