The Iliad a footnote

He wants breath but wont let go
of spirit or soul so body departs.
Dark overwhelms him; the ferryman
is already paid. He wants to reach out
for thickness of flesh but its gone
with lightness of heart. He calls.
The ferryman eases him forward.
Forgetting must wait. He looks back
as the boat, insistent, carries him on
to the shadow realm.

Kathleen Bell

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