Where the rainbows grow

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Where the rainbows grow

Postby Saturn » Wed Jun 09, 2010 11:45 pm

Where the rainbows grow

Brambled beginnings of
Damp hillsides foster the
Bright rosy tipped Dawn
Who creeps, reluctant to
To leave her couchèd bed
Each morn, leaving there
That poor agèd, cursèd
Husband she failed to
Make immortal. Grief
And guilt ties her thus,
Perpetual. Eos, golden
Harbinger of day lies
Darkened by clouds of
Black sorrow, barred
Close in the walls of
Night's grim mansion.

Lightgiver, goddess
Of day's bright hope,
Harbinger of rebirth,
Trailblazer, you sink,
Disperse: atomized,
Consumèd, o'ercome
By Apollo's warm glare
And the remembrance
Of that boon you forgot.

Tithonus, prince stolen
From Troy, and raised
To deathless state, free
Of mortality but undone,
Unravelled like a corpse
Or crumpled shoe prone
To age's waste, decay
And decrepitude argue
Over a frame of bones.

Of all Zeus' cruelty this
Is the worst of all fates:
To see eternity pass by
From eyes fallen away,
To touch the very future
With hands that shudder
And break like old twigs.
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Re: Where the rainbows grow

Postby marwood » Sat Jun 26, 2010 10:05 am

I like this Saturn, some powerful haunting images. good stuff.
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Re: Where the rainbows grow

Postby Saturn » Sat Jun 26, 2010 10:38 am

Thank you marwood, it's one of the most tragic and haunting of the Greek myths, which has not to my knowledge been explored that much in poetry, since ancient times, in fact; Homer and Hesiod mention Eos in passing, or as a descriptive scene setter, but rarely has the actual story of Eos and Tithonus hasn't been one favoured by poets, perhaps because it is one of those stories that has numerous different versions, and thus, unlike the tales that were more or less standardised later by Ovid and the Roman poets and come down to us in an 'accepted' form.
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Re: Where the rainbows grow

Postby dks » Fri Aug 06, 2010 4:22 am

...ah, this is nice indeed:

Tithonus, prince stolen
From Troy, and raised
To deathless state, free
Of mortality but undone,
Unravelled like a corpse
Or crumpled shoe prone
To age's waste, decay
And decrepitude argue
Over a frame of bones.


I always love reading your myth-inspired verses, good man-you have a stellar grasp of the Classics tone...
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Re: Where the rainbows grow

Postby Raphael » Thu Aug 12, 2010 10:25 pm

Evocative Saturn!
John....you did not live to see-
who we are because of what you left,
what it is we are in what we make of you.

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Re: Where the rainbows grow

Postby gstormcrow » Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:18 pm

I really like the way you created this poem as it vividly depicts the eternally beautiful titan, Eos(Dawn), as she wakes each day for her perpetual duty as the herald of Apollo(Sun) only to be reminded that her beloved husband was cursed to an ever-aging immortality by Zeus' haughty nature.
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