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VxPoem ID: 39646

Category:
myth_legend

Posted: January 30th. 2011 12:24:46 AM

Views: 417

Song of the Ancient Mysteries

by Helio

Age Group: Adult



‘Song of the Ancient Mysteries’

All the night I sit and write
No words can bear my soul
Shadows still And begin to fill
My mind a gaping hole
Let us begin, A song to sing
A tale yet to be told

The Moon was bright, Brought forth light
I sat in evening shade
The piper’s flute, I heard it tout
Of rustic wood ‘twas made
Against a tree, I stood to see
The piper come across the glade

This jolly man ‘Twas happy Pan
Horns upon his head
He danced about And gave a shout
A yowl of painful dread
He beckoned me To come be free
And off he with me he lead

Into a grove Whither no beast doth rove
Was a party and a feast
Sitting alone Upon his throne
Sat Bacchus of the East
Oh the Lord Whom a boar had gored
Brought forth holy yeast

With this bread The bacchants were fed
His flesh ‘twas the loaf we ate
From a golden cup He had us sup
The drink our thirst did sate
His blood divine We drank was wine
Freed us from false fate

The Great Mother came A pretty dame
She taught us of the Earth
Rhea’s kiss Brought us bliss
There was never so much mirth
A tale she told It was quite old
Of how to the gods she gave birth

We loved to see The Lord full of glee
Hard to believe from a tree he hanged
In Thebes he taught the vine And the ivy sign
‘Twas when King Pentheus reigned
He had Dionysus killed His blood spilled
But godhood Dionysus gained

Into the Under-realm The Lord did overwhelm
Persephone with a myrtle bough
Freeing Semele, his mother A virgin like no other
To heaven they did go
And to this we praise The Lord’s rising after three days
He is the seed we sow

And so I send This tale now at end
To all who like a song
I now depart Like Love’s keen dart
With hopes I’ve done none wrong
So Farewell Till I’ve more to tell
Perhaps ‘twill not be long




Author's Notes: Based on the Mysteries of Dionysus & Attis


Author's Location: Cornell, Wisconsin
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