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Achilles is tired of crying.It occurs to himone day in Junehe may not have the courageto act like Patroclus,that is, to be himselfon a battlefieldreceiving his blood and name.
Patroclus was most himselfwhen disguised as Achilleshe rose from the tentto stand in the sun,forsaking his deathin the armor of another,for Achilles does not knowwhat it means to be
Achilles, and Patroclusdoes not knowthat his ruined bodywill kill a god, who wakesto find himself human,with nothing in the worldbut futile power and the tasteof what cannot return.
—Phillis Levin. Art credit Harry Clarke (detail). (via)

theparisreview:

Strophe

Achilles is tired of crying.
It occurs to him
one day in June
he may not have the courage
to act like Patroclus,
that is, to be himself
on a battlefield
receiving his blood and name.

Patroclus was most himself
when disguised as Achilles
he rose from the tent
to stand in the sun,
forsaking his death
in the armor of another,
for Achilles does not know
what it means to be

Achilles, and Patroclus
does not know
that his ruined body
will kill a god, who wakes
to find himself human,
with nothing in the world
but futile power and the taste
of what cannot return.

Phillis Levin. Art credit Harry Clarke (detail). (via)

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