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Ode to Sisyphus

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Sisyphus

Sisyphus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ode to Sisyphus

Compelled to roll a huge rock up a hill.
A hill, steep and resisting.
The maddening
nature of punishment reserved,
for your hubristic belief
that you are cleverer than the gods.
Bad blood built in Hades,
you’re a fool to try to avoid death.
Now bound by Zeus to an eternity of frustration.

Polly Robinson © 2013

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17 thoughts on “Ode to Sisyphus

  1. Endlessly rolling a rock up a hill is such a good metaphor for life, isn’t it? Although unlike Sisyphus, hopefully we all get a bit of a respite from time to time.

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  2. I wonder if he was the one to develop a manual handling course!

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  3. Fantastic, I love these poems of yours pertaining to mythology. I like ALL your poems but these are my favorites :)
    Thank you for your support, pal, it means a lot to me. Keep smiling and keep writing :)

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  4. bad blood built in hades. great line! the whole thing rings with effort and the ardor of labor. so well done.

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  5. an eternity of frustration…of never managing to complete something, of always seeing your work back to zero when you think you finally made it…ugh…that is so tough…better dead than this…ugh..

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  6. Sisyphus is one of my favorite “life lesson” characters in mythology. With my mental illness, I can easily relate, especially with the bipolar see-saw. But the funny part? I just wrote on Sisyphus, too!! No kidding, and I see you commented. Wow. Are we channeling or what?

    I think you’re right about his arrogance. Bet he thought any day the union reps would come in with his replacement! Amy

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    • They say ideas are ‘out there in the ether’ … our ethers must be channeling well just now ‘eh? And yes, I think he was a bit of a smartarse. heh-heh re union reps :)

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  7. I actually always have had a bit of a soft spot for Sisyphus. Nice work.

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  8. I liked the rhyme you compiled. For sure, the story evokes many thoughts and worth sharing how different these reflections are. Please, read my version of it below and I hope you will enjoy the animation too.

    http://kulturkontur.wordpress.com/2013/06/23/struggles-of-sisyphus-on-repetition/

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