Penelope Waits: Magnetic Poetry




Hero fascinated by fighting,

she, sad quiet at home,

a heart full of love.

Goddess protect him—

light night-hours,

in morning,

a gentle promise,

she has hope.


The Oracle seems to be bringing me women in history. Last week was Joan of Arc; and this week, Penelope (the wife of Odysseus), though I would not imagine her so passive. I’ve added punctuation.

This is for Magnetic Poetry Saturday  at Mr. Elusive Trope’s Specks and Fragments.


Dante Gabriel Rossetti, “Penelope,” [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Dante Gabriel Rossetti, “Penelope,” [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


17 thoughts on “Penelope Waits: Magnetic Poetry

  1. sometimes the actions of the other leave one no other option but to be passive, although one could argue, as some do, that prayer isn’t such a passive act…and with the gods of old, seeking their assistance can come with a heavy price…

    • Yes, you are right about both passivity and seeking the help of ancient gods.
      But also–men often portray women left behind as simply sitting around waiting, whereas they are running households, farms, and businesses while the men are away, while taking care of children and homes, and that’s really what I meant. Penelope had to manage the estate and hold off suitors while Odysseus was gone for years.

      • one of the primary sources that stood out during my studies in history was basically the journal of the English noble woman left behind to take care of the estate during the 12th century (if my memory serves me correctly) while the husband was off helping the king fight in some battle, maybe the Conquest of Normandy (it was a notable book in part because it was the first primary document of English royalty using English rather than French). The journal detailed all the challenges faced in keeping the keep functioning, and that it was a woman in charge seemed par for the course.

      • That sounds interesting. Yes, I think in the past it was often understood that women were doing these jobs, but in more “modern” times, it was forgotten–often because the women did not leave records or they did work that was not considered to be important. I think gender roles in Western culture were more fluid before the industrial revolution and domesticity.

  2. I am always pleased how you pull stories out of a pile of words, like a magician out of a hat, Merril. You work your magic upon them and they fall into place with charming results. This one seemed sad but also hopefully in prayer.

  3. Pingback: The Wednesday Magnetic Poetry Chorus – Specks and Fragments

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.