Advanced English 10
The One-Eyed Giant Returns
So ended the wars of Ithaca and peace reigned on,
But brave, strong Odysseus had yet to complete his quests.
Forgiveness from the angered Poseidon was still binding
In the future for the hero, the king back on his throne.
A journey would be set forth once again,
For the king to restore peace upon his land.
The voyage would be distant, the conditions harsh,
So the cunning king with his clever mind constructed a ship,
One that would campaign through the most dangerous of situations.
Odysseus bent the planks and raised the sails effortlessly,
As a Herculean god with extraordinary strength,
Powerful like a wild beast, ready to rampage through the sea.
Odysseus would not travel alone on his new voyage,
Regardless of his cunning, strength, and bravery.
The sturdy king summoned a new crew for the voyage to Sphlicia,
Land where the sea god would be pleased and respected.
The king of Ithaca called upon the finest, the most loyal men,
Those who would fight alongside him to the death.
When all the men at Odysseus’ command arrived,
The king now revealed his quest to appease Poseidon,
So that his land of Ithaca could be in peace forevermore.
Preparing to enlighten all with the quest that was now at hand,
The great king rose up in front of the crew of fifty men.
“True men of Ithaca, you have answered my call to a journey,
One that would require your complete strength and bravery.
To leave peace on Ithaca for all eternity,
There is but one thing left to do.
During my return from the battle in Troy,
My crew and I faced a deadly, monstrous one-eyed giant.
This Cyclops, Polyphemus, was none other than the son of Poseidon,
And was out to kill my men and myself without a second thought.