"Sirens of Circumstance" The Poetry of J.S.Allen
One Man's Poetic Revelations of how Circumstances Altered the Course of His Life
Sirens of Circumstance by J. S. Allen
Have I come
To the end of this voyage?
If the channel now be so narrow
Then, where are the Sirens of Circumstance?
The silent velvet voices
Singing in the mists that lead me here
To you, to us, from the sea of life and into the Divine?
We have crept softly, stealthily,
Between our Scylla and Charybdis *
Sailing strange oceans,
Around the protruding peninsulas of continents
Arriving safely, but not without test
Trying to remember
Where were the crevasses, cliffs, ravines and whirlpools
We squeezed between?
Where were the moments and ages
We silently sailed beyond?
But, most of all.
Yes, most of all.
Where are the beckoning
Sirens of Circumstance?
* In Greek Mythology, Scylla and Charybdis were two of the fabled Sirens hypnotically calling to sailors in heavy mist. On opposite sides of a narrow ship channel Scylla lived on the treacherous cliffs and Charybdis was a churning whirlpool. Trying to avoid one would put explorers too close to the other. In modern culture, Scylla and Charybdis has come to mean "between a rock and a hard place."