Ithaca by Cindy Rinne

I desired to come back to Ithaca, and instead returned from Ithaca.

I desired to discover gods and goddesses on Olympus,

instead found peace within olive groves, silence on the salt,

and richness flowing in the air of an Aegean village.

I desired to see Poseidon, and instead I beheld Aphrodite foaming from the sea

with a passionate light. I desired much. When you have desired

so much, you forgot that all is already inside you

waiting. On top of a rock, the wind waits.

On top of the quiet, white washed houses, light awaits.

On top of the Byzantine church bell, the summoned sound awaits.

And the murmur of my sandals imprinted in the sand, alerted

my presence to Poseidon and to all the sea creatures.

I returned to return, because it is upon returning to Ithaca,

where a vast sand of hope lay, so vast

that Cyclops returned to me the matrix of the temple.






Cindy Rinne creates art and writes in San Bernardino, CA. She brings myth to life in contemporary context. Cindy is the author of spider with wings (Jamii Publishing), Quiet Lantern is forthcoming (Turning Point), Breathe in Daisy, Breathe out Stones is forthcoming (FutureCycle Press), and she co-authored Speaking Through Sediment with Michael Cooper (ELJ Publications). Her poem, “Mapping” was nominated for the Liakoura Award by Pirene’s Fountain. She is a translator. Cindy is a founding member of PoetrIE, an Inland Empire based literary community. Cindy is an Editor for “Tin Cannon” by PoetrIE and for the “Sand Canyon Review,” Crafton Hills College; CA. Her poetry appeared or is forthcoming in Blue Heron Review, Gulf Stream Literary Magazine, Driftwood Press, The Honest Ulsterman (Ireland), Spectrum: An Anthology of Southern California Poets, Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing, Naugatuck River Review, Zoomoozophone, Indiana Voice Journal, Muddy River Poetry Review, Eternal Haunted Summer, Cactus Heart Press, and others.

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