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Across The Water III

Gary Sim, January, 2000

Helen had a beauty
that filled and launched
a thousand ships
full of hot warrior Greeks

to cross the Aegean
into enemy Asia
and battle to the death
for her love and honour

having sold my boats
am i less the man
for bowing to necessity
and taking sea-bus or taxi

to cross the inlet
and scale the mountain slopes
and battle to the death
(though hopefully not) for your love?

and are you, in any way,
less a queen than Helen?
or less needful, in your heart,
of a thousand ships of lovers?

( one seabus at a time )

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