Argonauts

Donald Davie

for Robert Conquest

Exotic stimulations!
Our passions pulled so loose
From anything we might
Share with our congeners,
Why should we not refuse
Their craven fabrications?

Conquest (what a name for
The emulous and mettled!),
How can you think the score
Settled by mere good humour?
Confess a covert wish for
The Orphic, the unfettered.

And so why not dismiss
The island’s tame requirements?
Strike out on whatever
Polished oceans sever
Us from our imagined
Glassily sleeping Colchis!