Odysseus

Untitled, Liz Melsheimer

 

 

Sometimes in the evening
when he walked along the beach

he would fill his bucket with shells
and break them into pieces

with his feet, thinking he could hear
the turn of a water wheel

or the glass vowels
and jagged consonants

of Greek. Hermes found him
prostrate on the desert shore,

hands towards home,
mouth filled with sand.

 

About the Author

Patrick Leahy, Stanford University

Patrick Leahy is currently pursuing an M.S. in statistics at Stanford University, where he also completed an undergraduate degree in English. He is originally from Seattle, Washington. “Odysseus” was originally published in The Leland Quarterly.

About the Artist

Liz Melsheimer, Bennington College

Liz Melsheimer is a printmaker and photographer born and raised in Chicago. She graduated from Bennington College in 2009. She can be reached at emelsheimer@alumni.bennington.edu.

 

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