Eurylochus Laments

This is Part Four of The Return, my Odyssey retelling.

Part One: Penelope Waits is here.

Part Two: Telemachus Schemes is here.

Part Three: Calypso Sings is here.


Red-figured calyx-krater Odysseus b/w Eurylochus & Perimedes, consulting the shade of Tiresias [detail]-ca.380 BC
Eurylochus Laments


Curse the Gods

& all those who follow them

I am not a fatalist but I know

we are all doomed


he will escape though

he always escapes

it is us who pay for it


we have faced a monster with six heads

eating our crew-mates, a witch

who turned us into pigs,

women with beautiful voices

trying to lure us ashore,

a giant who dashed the heads

of the crew against a cavern wall

and ate them whole, & of course

Gods seeking vengeance for his

transgressions & deceits


& each time

he survives

he always survives


he is my lord & king



when you gaze into the chaos

long enough

you get to see how things will

fall into place


he will make it home &

win back his lost kingdom


our wives, sons, & daughters

will grieve, wondering what

became of us


all will marvel at his survival;

the story of the lost sea-wanderer

emerging like Orpheus

out of the Land of the Dead

sparing no thought for us


we will be lost

amongst the waves,

scattered across these islands

& forgotten


he will return

& sacrifice us all for it


Joanne Fisher




10 thoughts on “Eurylochus Laments

  1. Now that’s a part of the story you don’t see brought up very often…
    Everyone cheers for the hero and jeers the villain, but all the people around either? Shrug-worthy cannon fodder…

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  2. It’s a good idea. I don’t recall many (if any) stories that paused and looked through the eyes of the generally nameless supporting cast and show their view of things.

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      1. Admittedly, I was one of those people that didn’t even think about them. All the more reason that posts like this are a good idea…for people like me who tend to forget that those other people were more than just metaphorical oars helping to move Odysseus’s ego ship…

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