The Odyssey: Calypso
Sing I me, Muse, and through me tell the story of the lady nymph goddess Calypso. Oh so beautiful and immortal who lives in the sea- hollowed caves on the island Ogygia. She craved the hero of Troy, king of Ithaka, son of Laertes, a mortal and took him as her own. Nine long years they spent on the island together. I, Divine Calypso, was sitting at home and singing to my wonderful creatures when Dawn came to me until Hermes, The Wayfinder, found his way to my cave with urgent news. I asked,"' O Hermes, ever with your golden wand, what brings you to my island?'" (Homer, 83) I gave him a delicious meal and a cup of ambrosia when he replied,"' Goddess to god, you greet me, questioning me? Well, here is the truth for you in courtesy. Zeus made me come.' (Homer, 84) He demands for you to release the mortal who is in your hands!" I became furious. My heart pounded as those words spilled from his lips. My warm voice rose,"' Oh you vile gods, in jealousy supernal! You hate it when we choose to lie with men!' (Homer, 84) ' But it was I who save him- saw him straddle his own keel board. But there is no eluding Zeus's will. My counsel he shall have , and nothing hidden, to help him homeward without harm.'" (Homer, 85) I could not believe what was happening. My Odysseus is leaving me. I could feel my heart as it fell into my stomach. The Wayfinder replied to me briefly in a calm voice trying to relax me,"' Thus you shall send him, then. And show more grace in your obedience, or be chastised by Zeus.'" (Homer, 85) Hermes then left me. Tears swelled in my eyes. I did not want to do it but I must. There is Odysseus, sitting on his stone seat scanning the far horizon. He is depressed. Tears were streaming down his cheeks." The sweet days of his life time were running out in anguish over his exile." (Homer, 85) I forced him. I compelled him to lay with me each night. " But when day came he sat on the rocky shore and broke his own heart groaning, with eyes wet...
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