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    Joel Brown

    Joel Brown is a staff writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. He’s written more than 700 stories for the Boston Globe and has also written for the Boston Herald and the Greenfield Recorder. Profile

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  1. Sea Grapes

    BY DEREK WALCOTT

    That sail which leans on light,
    tired of islands,
    a schooner beating up the Caribbean

    for home, could be Odysseus,
    home-bound on the Aegean;
    that father and husband’s

    longing, under gnarled sour grapes, is
    like the adulterer hearing Nausicaa’s name
    in every gull’s outcry.

    This brings nobody peace. The ancient war
    between obsession and responsibility
    will never finish and has been the same

    for the sea-wanderer or the one on shore
    now wriggling on his sandals to walk home,
    since Troy sighed its last flame,

    and the blind giant’s boulder heaved the trough
    from whose groundswell the great hexameters come
    to the conclusions of exhausted surf.

    The classics can console. But not enough.

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