Songs of Eretz Poetry Review is pleased to present "The Journey" by Ellen Denton. A biography of Mrs. Denton may be found here: http://eretzsongs.blogspot.com/2014/10/poetry-review-special-feature-carmen-by.html.
By Ellen Denton
Hermes, you were the only god
I carried forward from my childhood’s
world of myth into the here and now,
the everyday world. It was the wings
on your feet. Doesn’t life, in its best
and worst moments, strive to soar like that?
You were my trusted travelers guide.
In nightmares I’d sometimes see you.
You would take make hand.
You would lead me safely away.
Like a light on the edge of any dark dream
aren’t you sought by many in the end?
Someone there to guide them
safely from this world into the next,
letting them know they will not be lost.
And in between where life comes from
and where it’s going, aren’t you the face
of hope for so many in their journey
as they travel the pathway between the two,
hoping that you will appear
with exciting news
and messages from the gods?
Poet’s Notes: This poem was inspired by someone walking into a room while carrying a Ralph’s Supermarket brown paper bag. I'm not sure that provides any insight into my process but I thought it worth mentioning.
Editor's Note: I like the way Mrs. Denton blends Greek mythology into the modern world here. "The Journey" was a finalist for the PK Poetry competition and was first published on the competition's website.