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VxPoem ID: 38649

Category:
myth_legend

Posted: July 20th. 2010 8:28:36 PM

Views: 516

Arrephoria Hymn

by Glaux (Natalie)

Age Group: Adult



Night comes all-bedewing
As I set my mewling son
Into the kista-basket

They said I was one of only three
Immune to your own son's arrows
Yet you have conquered me at last

I cover the kista and send for the maidens
Knowing that I must tell you alone the secret
That we now share a husband

I admonish the maidens not to look in the basket
Knowing that they will regardless
I crafted their grandmother Pandora, after all

They dutifully journey down my sacred hill
Two fall prey to womanly curiosity
Madness and death are their husbands now

The third completes her delivery
Into your grotto and into your hands
She gushes of your legendary beauty

The maid bears the kista back to me
Inside is my serpentine son sleeping soundly
And a bridal gift from you, my secret sister-wife




Author's Notes: The Arrephoria was an ancient Athenian festival in which young women carried secret objects from the temple of Athena to the grotto of Aphrodite.


Author's Location: Monrovia, Indiana
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