Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you are destined for.
But do not hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you are old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you have gained on the way . . .
C.P. Cavafy, ‘Ithaka’
Old king without a throne,
the hollow of despair
behind his obstinate unyielding stare,
knows only, God is gone:
and, fingers clenching on his chair,
feels night and the soul’s terror coming on.
Judith Wright, ‘The Harp and the King’