Almanac Poetry: Journey into the Underworld



Crossing the Styx, illustration by Gustave Doré, 1861. [Wikimedia Commons.]


Journey into the Underworld

(for Rusty)


The Stygian gloom
of your toilet bowl
makes me ask the question:
do I really need
to cross that river?



(Note – Stygian: connected to the River Styx in Greek mythology, a river that formed the boundary between Earth and the Underworld.)

(Acknowledgement: first appeared in my third poetry collection, Orpheus in the Undershirt, Ginninderra Press, Port Adelaide, South Australia, 2018.)



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Kevin Densley is a graduate of both Deakin University and The University of Melbourne. He has taught writing and literature in numerous Victorian universities and TAFES. He is a poet and writer-in-general. His fifth book-length poetry collection, Please Feed the Macaws ... I'm Feeling Too Indolent, was published in late 2023 by Ginninderra Press. He is also the co-author of ten play collections for young people, as well as a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press. Other writing includes screenplays for educational films.

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