Harlan W. Butt, Metalsmith
Odyssey #2: Lotophagi
2016
copper, enamel
6 x 5.5 x 5.5
Odyssey Vessel #2: Lotophagi

The Odyssey Series is composed of ten lidded containers based loosely on Homer’s epic poem. The story parallels Odysseus’ voyage but does not attempt to duplicate it. Homer’s original epic poem inspired me but the journey described in these enameled vessels and the poems imprinted inside are my own.

LOTOPHAGI

I don’t know why I trusted them;
My judgement was as suspect as theirs.
How quickly they succumbed.
Their euphoria was enviable and
I would happily have joined them.
But falling under the spell
Of that sweet narcotic
Would have made it so easy
To just give up.
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