Harlan W. Butt, Metalsmith
Odyssey Vessel #7: Sirens, Scylla & Charybdis
2016
copper, enamel
6 x 5.5 x 5.5
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.

SIRENS, SCYLLA and CHARYBDIS

As we approached the wooden hills
I became enraptured by the distant bay of canids.
So heartbreakingly beguiling that
My compatriots were compelled to force me on.
And now I face an even worst dilemma.
Two paths stretch out before us.
One threads around a sheer precipice,
The other past the lair of some cruel beast.
And I must choose the way.
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