Re-versing Myths

August 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

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On Naxos alone

Ariadne wonders why

noone remembers.

***

The beautiful blue,

Aegean Sea, named after

a heartbroken King.

***

She let him sail away.

Nausicaa, burner of ships,

she was wrongly named.

***

Circe’s only crime

was to be born foreign witch,

beautiful and rich.

***

And Helen, Helen!

How could any woman bear

Menelaus’ beard?

***

We will lie no more;

Penelope loved them all.

Yes, Odysseus, all!

***

To be immortal

all alone was Calypso’s

eternal burden.

***

And blame not the Queen

who took the life of the King,

her daughter’s murderer.

***

Sacrifice yourself

for a war that pleases men,

Iphigenia!

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