Sequel to The Odyssey

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Many years have passed away, since Odysseus

and his beloved Penelope has reconciled.

For many years, there was peace in Ithaca

but the man skilled in all ways of contending,

was yet to satisfy his desire for adventures.

As it was foretold by that dark prince of Thebes,

The blind prophet Teiresias, whom the greathearted Odysseus

met with years past in the land of the dead.

The great Odysseus was finally ready to leave

the land of Ithaca where he grew up and where his soul

would always be. True, he has grown old with years, his skin

wrinkled and his hair white as a dove who flew high in the

skies of Olympus. None would change his mind and as he

looked back to take one last look, at his beautiful kingdom,

there were two who approached him.

Telemachus, who now stood as tall as an olive tree,

alongside his mother, Penelope, the faithful wife of Odysseus.

Both had grim looks upon their faces, for neither wanted

this great man to leave his kingdom. Telemachus started his pleas:

"Father, must you leave us

behind once again after so many years of hardship and pain?

How can you leave mother behind and go on

to some distant place? Have the gods in Olympus

really made you that hard and cruel? Please come back,

for our sake!"

Besides the prince, the old and faithful Penelope

started to cry and that did not go unnoticed by Odysseus

who then took her in his arms and comforted her.

The versatile Odysseus finally said:


my son, it is true that you had to go through pain and

suffering for you lacked a father when you needed one.

You had the courage to not...