love across a bloody ocean
fateful struggle with the waves
great Charon, please grant us passage!
don’t leave us to mourn at graves

stretched, our hearts; almost to bursting
love across a bloody ocean
ferryman, we beg your mercy;
are you content with our notion?

love, so cruel when lost so sudden,
love, so tender once, so pure
love across a bloody ocean
love – eternal, absent cure.

only time will soothe our heartache
and we crumble, in devotion
held in life and doomed to suffer
love across a bloody ocean.

Susan Daniels and the Panda of the “Three Nuts and a Squirrel Crew” extended another challenge. This time we are to write a poem using Apostrophe (a figure of speech in which someone absent or dead or something nonhuman is addressed as if it were alive and present and was able to reply), the theme is Saudade (accommodates in one word the haunting desire for a lost love, or for an imaginary, impossible, never-to-be-experienced love), and it must include the line “love across a bloody ocean”.

I decided to address the Ferryman, Charon, directly (but as you can see, he’s a stubborn fella when it gets to whom he lets into his boat). I also felt the need to make a Quatern out of this (cheated only a little), since the provided line consisted of eight syllables… lucky me, I love Quaterns! Heh.

Also linked to dVerse’s OpenLinkNight… come join us at the bar!

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42 thoughts on “Charon

  1. I echo Brian above, the connection between “love across an ocean” and Charon is most intriguing, and it works so well here with the prompt. So many great images, and the form is skilfully achieved! Great writing!


  2. Loved the imagery here — of an ocean — instead of rivers (Styx and Acheron). And a bloody ocean, at that.
    I am not sure which is more cruel — a love lost slowly or suddenly? I would hate to chose — but for me, make it quick.

    “content with our notion?”
    Not sure what “notion” means here? What notion?
    Hard to find a word that rhymes with ocean. I wonder if “unction” would have worked somehow. 🙂


    • notion, in this context means something like ‘idea or concept’… humans ask Charon to let the go see their lost loved ones… so they ask him if it’s okay.
      thank you for your comment, Sabio – always nice to see you visit. 🙂


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