by Shawn Allen
Remembering the loves and friends lost is a Hero’s Journey;
a passage between Scylla and Charybdis.
On the one side you will be torn to pieces and devoured,
on the other, the abyss waits to suck you under and drown you.
Like Ulysses, there is no clear passage, no way to avoid some pain,
and only by accepting this can we win through
to continue our odyssey.