plain china: best undergraduate writing

Volume One : Issue Two

Odysseus


by Patrick Leahy

Untitled by Liz Melsheimer Untitled by Liz Melsheimer

Sometimes in the evening
when he walked along the beach

he would fill his bucket with shells
and break them into pieces

with his feet, thinking he could hear
the turn of a water wheel

or the glass vowels
and jagged consonants

of Greek. Hermes found him
prostrate on the desert shore,

hands towards home,
mouth filled with sand.

About the Author


Patrick Leahy

Stanford University

Patrick Leahy is currently pursuing an M.S. in statistics at Stanford University, where he also completed an undergraduate degree in English. He is originally from Seattle, Washington.