Of Zeus and Hades

Driving down a Southern street
Each moment frozen in time
While record summer heat
Threatens to scorch a climbing vine
Should it die in this hour
I’ve passed by twice
I’ll beg for the power
To dismiss this sacrifice
The beauty of the rose
In the wake of the heat
Only Cronus knows
If the withering will retreat
The evening stars are beaming
Eight hundred miles away
Where maybe I’m dreaming
The gods warred in Nashville that day

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16 thoughts on “Of Zeus and Hades

  1. Beautiful, I loved these lines especially:”The beauty of the rose
    In the wake of the heat
    Only Cronus knows
    If the withering will retreat”

  2. I can’t quite put my finger on it but I sense an exotic theme in your posts today…I get a quintessentially American vibe from this…good stuff!

  3. You have a real feel for modern poetry and language – I study Creative Writing and also tour the Birmingham poetry scene – this is confident, significant, beautiful work displaying a real intuition for invisible forms that yet add to the meaning, great imagery, modernisation of classical mythology – this is what all ontology should be like! And what a killer last line: “The gods warred in Nashville that day”. John Donne is a great role-model and I wish that more poets used him!! The metaphysicals are some of my favourites. The only thing I could say to make this even better would be to put some full-stops in. But then again, that’s me putting my editing hat on and this is fantastic as it is. Peace. 🙂

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