On The Road Again

On the road again
Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway.
We're the best of friends,
Insisting that the world be turning our way,
And our way
Is on the road again.

Willie Nelson

Noemon once more lent her fair ship to Ithaka's first family. Odysseus' household and that of her father Laertes were on board travelling to Pylos. Between the treasures she and her daughter had accumulated on their travels, they had plenty to start life anew elsewhere.

After planting an oar inland and offering sacrifices in appeasement to Poseidon, they moved into a spacious split-level rambler nearby. Odysseus and her father established a vineyard and produced a dry shiraz that became popular throughout the known world. They also ran summer programs of music and art exhibitions on the grounds. Penelopos both produced and curated these with such success that they proved quite attractive to the discerning tourist.

Telemakhe joined Peisistratos in developing the Akhaian Religious Projects Agency Network. They lived together for three years and finally decided to get married when Telemakhe fell pregnant. Menelaus insisted that the wedding be held at his palace where they celebrated for a week.

And Ithaka. Ithaka crumbled into years of bloody civil war which ended when its people finally decided to rule themselves based on Athenian democracy with universal sufferage. At this time Odysseus and her family were invited back to help in the establishiment of this new government, but Odysseus was far too happy in retirement to return to the rigors of domain management.

The End

Copyright © 1998 Katherine Phelps