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Richard St. John: Argos


How had he looked to her when he’d come home?

He didn’t know, what with the way the gods

were forever cloaking men in mist, giving the old

a youthful glow.  He wasn’t even sure


what he’d hoped of her after all those years –

but likely more than any mortal woman

could bestow.  He had reached his household gates

at dusk, blind with rage and longing.  Even now,


he can’t shake off the sour smell of his beggar’s shawl.

Watching her easy gestures by the fire, he still

carries a small, rag bundle of resentments.

He recalls, again, the hour he returned:


his old dog, Argos, dim-eyed and deaf,

had struggled to rise from his bed of refuse

and debris, and wagged his palsied tail

in recognition.  That’s when the brave Odysseus


had shed a single, ignorant tear.

Only old Argos saw things as they are.


From Each Perfected Name by Richard St. John (Truman State). Reprinted in Vox Populi by permission of the author.

One comment on “Richard St. John: Argos

  1. Joanne samraney
    October 12, 2017

    Wonderful poem! I love Richard’s work. He’s a gifted poet for sure.

    Liked by 1 person

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