Ship of Theseus

Ship of Theseus

A Poem by John the Baptist Unbaptised

       I convinced myself

   I was the minotaur of your heart’s labyrinth.

  Sleeping  in the heart of the labyrinth.

 

In truth, I was the young Athenian,

      who went forward, forward,

               always down,

             but never escaped.

 

    I see again the black sails

     in love’s reconstructed waters,

         in the same river, different,

                   and different again.

 

   We scatter and flow, and come together,

      Approach and recede, but never the same twice

 

            We scatter and flow, and come together,

              Approach and recede, but never to be the same...

© 2020 John the Baptist Unbaptised


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Ariadne is a beautiful legend and I like how you used it so well in here. Just a small nitpick would be to change the repetition of "labyrinth" in the last 2 lines of the first stanza. Also, you could work in some lines about the string that Ariadne gave to Theseus to retrace his steps out of the labyrinth.

Posted 11 Months Ago


John the Baptist Unbaptised

11 Months Ago

Thanks your review and your constructive feedback. They will be cheerfully ignored 🙂

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