I'm the pretty sister, Dad says,
so I get to go out and model my new suit
for the entire Aegean navy. For morale, Dad says.
Electra's the smart one,
Orry says she needs to up her Paxil
or else get out more, stop obsessing about Can This Marriage Be Saved?
Orry's just a guy, what would he understand?
He says I look hot in my Spandex thong.
Not what I need to hear
from my own brother, thanks anyway.
Daddy's annoyed the winds are down,
his yacht becalmed.
He's annoyed over Helen, too. Promised to defend
Uncle M.'s honor when she ran away.
Paris? Come on: he's no stud. He's a prettyboy in gilt armor.
And Mom? She's already got the wandering eye
for my own uncle, for heaven's sake.
If Dad goes away again —
Sometimes these business trips last for years.
Sometimes the fleet doesn't make it back.
Sometimes Dad brings home a woman he claims can forecast trends.
Don't think I'm so innocent.
Orry looks thunder when I mention Aegeus.
He counts the towels and the kitchen knives.
Daddy kisses me, hands me onto the skiff,
going home to explain it all to Mom, he says.
The sea is calm, nothing can happen to me out here
as they row toward Sea Serpent Rock.