Crossing the Hellespont


To cross the Hellespont was once my goal.
     Only through adventure could I be whole,
Or so I thought, in my unknowing mind;
     The truth about myself was hard to find.

More than any juvenile test of skill,
     I have determined how to guide my will
So that the ones I love are spoken for,
     Receiving my allegiance and much more.

To everyone indeed I would be kind,
     Discovering what goodness, heart and mind,
Resides in our communal character;
     But from my family I would not stir.


©2016 Michael Fraley




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