homer weinstein (Draft)

when agamemnon was the king women would sit at home
only the men did anything and only they could roam
so while heroes went wandering their wives sat at the loom
like the constant penelope odysseus’ heirloom
men brought their lusty fire to troy and burned hecuba’s keep
and trojan female destiny became “lament and weep”
it’s true cassandra did speak out but nobody would hear
and what good could she do without a single follower

but life in troy and ithica is not as it has been—
penelope and cassandra are proving protean…
so Cassie speaks out yet again—and what? people believe?!
(in another millennium they might even perceive.)
and Penny does not wait on men to dictate what she weaves—
her husband, suitors, and her son blindly war on—she leaves—

On Reading the Classics

I read Homer and have a thought
Perhaps that Plato also had,
Marvel at Horatian odes
That Marvell loved centuries ago,
Admire a line as did Augustus,
Thinking Virgil did him justice,
Esteem some sentiment in Ovid
Which that same Caesar lamented,
Laugh at Shakespeare like the rabble
In Elizabethan taverns,
Smile at Sappho like a slave
Who hears her singing from a grove,
Commune with minds famous and lost,
And add my echo to the host.