Above Troy
From here you look down On the whole spit that divides The harbour from the coast, And see the long ocean beach, The littleness of buildings In the town, the launches, Yachts, the container ships Moored and in motion, In comprehensive vacancy. Though real estate agents Have reason to disagree – Property investors too –… The post Above Troy appeared first on VoegelinView.

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From here you look down
On the whole spit that divides
The harbour from the coast,
And see the long ocean beach,
The littleness of buildings
In the town, the launches,
Yachts, the container ships
Moored and in motion,
In comprehensive vacancy.
Though real estate agents
Have reason to disagree –
Property investors too –
Because there is money
To be made in having a view,
There is nothing to see
In a sight such as this but
Things and their movement
And all that is obvious.
True, you can hold it all
In single encompassment –
You and everything else,
As great-browed Zeus himself,
From the heights of Olympus –
And taste in a little way
The entertainment of deity,
But he had Achilles to watch,
Noble Hector, lovely Helen too.
These, we know, are long
Departed – no trace of footfall
On the blood-soaked and
Sea-washed sand. Consider
Though that the gods remain,
With your immortal parent,
Seated still in golden halls
Beyond the crown of this hill,
In wondering watch over you.

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