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This poem is taken from PN Review 210, Volume 39 Number 4, March - April 2013.

'A Message to Telémakhos' and Other Poems Dante Micheaux
A Message to Telémakhos

for Alex Dimitrov


Among the unwelcome and shameless,
I am one - a lord of rocky Ithaka, at that,
come to woo and come to feast.
These men are not my friends,
yet we share a common desire.
It breaks me to see you each day
with sad heart and your father's eyes
in this throng of arrogant wastrels -
peacocking and dulled by gluttony.
These three years you have grown
so lovely, in need of a guardian no more,
that I am struck with wonder.
The houseboys mixing bowls of water
and wine no longer fulfill me,
...


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