Poem and Thank you

Posted on June 11, 2019Comments Off on Poem and Thank you

Dear Eleni,

Thank you ever so much for your inspirational teaching and unflagging energy in leading our slow-moving “phalanx” through Greece and the Aegean.  We cannot imagine our odyssey without you.  Your humor and wealth of knowledge blessed us tremendously.

As we were sailing past Samos, I mentioned a poem to you that was written in World War I and references flamed-capped Achilles shouting forth from the battlements in one of the last books of Iliad.  Below is the poem, “I Saw a Man This Morning” and a link to it also.  

Again, thank you ever so much for your patience, guidance and love of learning that you so generously shared with a group of American pilgrims from Charleston, South Carolina.

All the best, Penn

“I saw a man this morning”


I saw a man this morning

     Who did not wish to die

I ask, and cannot answer,

     If otherwise wish I.

Fair broke the day this morning

     Against the Dardanelles;

The breeze blew soft, the morn’s cheeks

     Were cold as cold sea-shells.

But other shells are waiting

     Across the Aegean sea,

Shrapnel and high explosive,

     Shells and hells for me.

O hell of ships and cities,

     Hell of men like me,

Fatal second Helen,

     Why must I follow thee?

Achilles came to Troyland

     And I to Chersonese:

He turned from wrath to battle,

     And I from three days’ peace.

Was it so hard, Achilles,

     So very hard to die?

Thou knewest and I know not—

     So much the happier I.

I will go back this morning

     From Imbros over the sea;

Stand in the trench, Achilles,

     Flame-capped, and shout for me.