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A Landfall Ulysses Might Have Made

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John Hyde

John Hyde is a former Australian politician. He was elected as the member for the Division of Moore in Western Australia for the Liberal Party. John is a previous member of Mannkal's Board of Directors and is an active mentor for staff and scholars alike.

A Landfall Ulysses Might Have Made

Each rower pressed then gently on his oar.

The watchful helmsman turned the boat about

And rode the swelling water to the shore.

While all his ill-used crew were deep in doubt,

Ulysses stood; a great amphora ‘neath his hand

That held the best that toiling Ithicans had made.

He’d offer to Poseidon a libation poured on sand

In hope that fractious God just might be swayed

By offerings heroic in their pointless scale

Though taxed from peasants poor and frail.


Poseidon paused from stirring seas and shaking earth

To note this mortal’s effort to appease at other’s cost

Then shook that sandy shore in roaring mirth,

At hubris of a petty tyrant and the wine so lost.

Poseidon still may thunder, slap his sides and laugh

As other tyrants pour much wealth on sand

Libating Furies of the ballot box—not wine nor calf,

But subsidies and circuses upon demand.

Each offering heroic in its pointless scale

And taxed from people poor and frail.

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