The Ages of Man (After Hesiod)

Sharon Portnoff

Homer: the song

Is eternal

An olive tree the bed

Of home

Virgil: the song

Lifts the actual

War is our bed

Resoiled

The actual: the song

Regrows the simple

As the profound

And war

Is eternal as the tree

Sharon Portnoff

Sharon Portnoff holds the Elie Wiesel Chair in Judaic Studies and is associate professor of Religious Studies at Connecticut College. Her poems have appeared in Midstream, The Wallace Stevens Journal, The Poetry Porch, and the collection Rumba Under Fire: The Arts of Survival from West Point to Delhi, ed. Irina Dumitrescu (Punctum, 2016). Poems are forthcoming in Blake: An Illustrated Quarterly and Moment.


Homer: the song

Is eternal

An olive tree the bed

Of home

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