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HOMEWARD BOUND

 
 

SAILOR

The sun rising just as we near land. Perfect timing.

 

SKIPPER

And look – the morning star – a good sign.

 

SAILOR

Do you know this coast?

 

SKIPPER

I came here fishing once.

 

SAILOR

Where’s the best place to land?

 

SKIPPER

Right here, pretty much, between these jutting promontories.

The ocean bed runs smoothly right up to the beach.

It’s a natural harbour.

 

SAILOR

Will he be safe here?

 

SKIPPER

He’s the king, isn’t he? This is his land. Why should he fear?

 

SAILOR

Kings don’t usually come home by the back door.

He might be mistaken for a spy or pirate and strung up.

 

SKIPPER

It’s not our job to worry about these things.

Here we go. Punt on till we scrape the bottom,

then everyone out and drag it up the beach.

 

They haul the boat into the sand.

SKIPPER

OK. Well done. Where is he?

 

SAILOR

Asleep, look. Under this canvas.

 

SKIPPER

Don’t wake him, then. You others, pile the treasure

out of reach of the sea.

 

SAILOR

Twenty years away from home – I wanted to see his face.

 

SKIPPER

No, let him rest. 

 

SAILOR

What’s the longest you’ve ever been away for?

 

SKIPPER

Twelve weeks. Felt like for ever.

 

SAILOR

So what must this be like?

I bet even his own dog won’t remember him.

 

SKIPPER

I can’t think that a man like this will have been forgotten.

 

SAILOR

The world turns. Fashions change. People move on.

 

SKIPPER

Some things are worth waiting for.

 

SAILOR

No one would wait that long for me.

 

SKIPPER

We’ll bear him on this pallet

and set him down on the beach.

 

They lift Odysseus from the boat and leave him sleeping on the shore.

SAILOR

Sure we shouldn’t wake him?

 

SKIPPER

No. This seems right.

Throw the canvas back over his shoulders.

 

SAILOR

It’ll be like waking up from a coma.

Like coming back from the dead.

 

SKIPPER

All unloaded?

One big shove then to cast off.

 

Good luck, tired Odysseus. Sleeping King of Ithaca.

Welcome home. 

 

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Alice
Great book, nicely written and thank you BooksVooks for uploading

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