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First Place: The Weekly Poetry Contest #2

Charybdis and Scylla

by Akshaya Pawaskar
(Ponda, Goa, India)
Published July 23, 2017

Charybdis and Scylla

by Akshaya Pawaskar

Charybdis, daughter of Poseidon
Was playing with the crests and
Troughs of humungous waves
Her plays not apt for a child yet
Nonetheless feisty, she did.

Her whims and fancie edged
On such that many had to die to
Survive as valiantly she stood by
Her father, his loyal servant.
Upholder of his honor.

Zeus’s hex turned her to a bladder
Monster across the Scylla of shoal
As to quell her thirst she swallowed
Dollops of ocean whole. Binging
Thrice a day sea absinthe.

Whirlpools she created sent ships in
Panic straight to Scylla unbeknown
She was a partner in crime, playmate.
An enemy in disguise, a craggy rock
Playing peekaboo with the sea

Handful sailors made it safely scathed
To the shore land of Zeus, while rest
Were assailed and engulfed by thirst
Fury and choosing between the devil
And the deep blue sea


Biography
Akshaya Pawaskar is a doctor practicing in India and poetry is her passion.
Her poems have been published in
Tipton Poetry Journal, Writer's Ezine,
Efiction India, Ink Drift, and many others. She had been chosen as 'Poet of
the Week' on Poetry superhighway and featured writer in Wordweavers
poetry contest.
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