The Companions In Hades

<i>fools, who ate the cattle of Helios Hyperion;
but he deprived them of the day of their return. </i>
— Odyssey

Since we still had some hardtack
how stupid of us
to go ashore and eat
the Sun's slow cattle,

for each was a castle
you'd have to battle
forty years, till you'd become
a hero and a star!

On the earth's back we hungered,
but when we'd eaten well
we fell to these lower regions
mindless and satisfied.

by Giorgos Seferis

Comments (1)

this warning against hubris seems both witty and tragic, full of satire and wisdom