Epic Proportions

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Epic Proportions ( Part I)

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Titans come in all shapes but mostly

it is about size. Achilles had a bad
heel day, Odysseus fought Goddesses,
blinded Polyphemus, and pissed
off Poseidon. Attributes only, Zeus plays
his lyre to sooth his buddies, mostly
to keep a close eye on them.
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Hera, goddess of goddesses, champion
of hearth and bow and probably dust
and dust mites, walk among men
and women, clouded by the rosy
fingered dawn, earrings adangle,
Hermes your yesterday man.
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Jason had Argonauts, who got fleeced,
then had Neptune (aka Poseidon)
to persuade. Greek or Roman, they
are all descended from Valhalla via
Germany.

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Thor, son of Odin,  with a trickstered

adopted brother, Loki, weild that big

hammer, lad. One day Hollywood

will get you and your kinsmen
and kinswomen right. You will,

eventually, make your mark on some

world someday, somewhere.


Epic Proportions (Part II)


Gods spring from the oddest places,
stomachs, heads, other Gods or Goddesses.
Heroes start out profane, until a visitation.
This, inevitably, brings change into the world,
like stolen fire or why the sun is born,
crosses the sky, and dies.
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Still, epics spin war and peace
in thrill etched sagas, the reader
dragged along through life and death
and after life beneath the earth. Charon
and his patronizer, Proserpine, wife
of the underground's King, etcetera, receives
heroes or lets them free; there are discrepancies
between the various versions.
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One thing is certain, we need heroes
to fight monsters no matter the day
or era. Whatever monsters are born

to do harm, a bladed hero, strapped

by leather belts to hold up his spiffy

lamb skin uniform and sandals,

will strike the ogre down.

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Most tellings play like this: Ares,

the War God, backs his hero.
who is endowed with epic proportions.
Always these men (or women) arrive

to slay the unslayable unless, of course,

you inadvertently wander into a

Norseman's pantheon. Lost going in

you may never get out.

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allets

09-11-12
327a

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Starward's picture

Down Memory Lane

This poem especially, but your poems overall, remind me, I think (these are very fresh thoughts) of Donald Barthelme's best short stories, and the idea of meta-fiction. Are you inventing meta-poetry here? I truly think so.


Starward

 

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A Mentor

...once said I wrote pure poetry - I tend toward the metaphysical - too many philosophy courses (4) in college. Thanks, I looked him up Bartholeme is interesting - Lady A


 

 

strawberrryjenn's picture

love this! so interesting and

love this! so interesting and such a unique poem to talk about mythology like that! its such a great story in my head!


forever and always <3 Jenn

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Thanks A Bunch Lady

I love mythology and folk tales. I hated history in school and now I can't get enough of dates and who did what when. No matter, great reading those old Norse, Greek, and Roman tales. - Love & Hugs - your friend, Lady A.