You know how we secretly yearn for a fairy tale love story?
How would you feel if you had a classic played out for you?
One that happened before we thought fairytale loves were the bliss.
Let me tell you of a story 😊
NB: To everyone especially my Greek and Roman lovers, I hope this hits home.
A sight that struck a chord in my heart!
A reason for my breathlessness.
A speech with my fixation on these petals.
Those obsidian orbs that pulled me deep
Into the pools of Tartarus
Than the high cities of Olympus ever would.
How alluring to my Psyche
Leaving so much room for Er..rors.
Every dream under the moon’s light
Every run and hunt through the nymph’s forest.
The fairies whispered stories of our amore.
Fleeting like the wind,
Intense like the deep waters of Gaia.
Not even Pan could look more astonished.
Hit me with your best shot,
Your best line,
And maybe you and I
Could compete against all odds.
Not even Artemis
Or the blurry-eyed son of Venus
Could stand a chance.
For the Fates stood right to us
The Furies ready to burn down
Any mortal or god against our paradise.
So deep we were,
Not a care in the world.
We, the fairies’ tale
Even Ares, stood impressed
Not knowing, he was planning
Just a while
And everything is broken
Like Pandora’s Box.
All’s fair in love
Omitted we, everything foul
But War wouldn’t let us be
And Hera..lded so.
Eris visited you
And things were never the same.
You, with the eyes of Medusa
Watched me with so much distaste
That soon my heart waxed cold
How could I live with a beating stone
Resting in my chest?
And pain soon became a mortal friend,
A breathing wound.
Even my psyche was affected
When Algea attacked.
I thought we said
“Not even death could do us part”
But it was Hurt that tore the scales
Off our eyes.
The gods bet on us
Zeus was almost impressed!
By Jove, we did try.
Though we broke all the truce of Hymen
Farewell, my lover
On your journey to Apollo,
To seek your destiny and your healing.
I, my choice, Agape
A daughter of prodigality
I return home now.
A broken vessel,
Clueless with words for my father.
I played with the myths
But there’s no place like home
So I’d travel amidst my pain.
That I’m accepted
Remorseful of my hedonism
Afraid to return my father’s
I give in
I give up
And I break down.
He looks at my scars with admiration
So much that I choke.
His grace is sufficient,
Am I the sacrifice of a broken spirit?
I ask myself
How badly do I yearn for
A new heart
And a steadfast spirit?
I’m caught at the sight of the cross
My brother, my kinsman
With his blood,
Smeared that I may live
Old things are passed away.
But sometimes I find myself
Dreaming in the arms
Of my ex-lover.
I wake up at night
Drenched in sweat
And my prayer,
“Lord, bring him back home
To your sacred place of healing
Let him find you
As I did.”
Soon slumber finds me
Maybe ours was a twisted version
Of what love could be.
But I hope he finds his way home
To you, Agape
And maybe…to me
Honestly, against all odds
Let your will be done
Dear Lover of my soul.
I would love to throw a little light on the words in bold. Hope it helps with the poem’s understanding;
Tartarus – A place in the underworld according to Greek mythology.
Olympus – Home of the Ancient Greek gods.
Psyche – Greek goddess of the soul
E…rrors – A wordplay on Eros, the Greek god of love
Pan – Greek god of the wild who when awaken from his afternoon nap would cry out so loud. His name gave way to the English word, “panic”
Artemis – Greek goddess of the hunt and wilderness.
Venus – Roman goddess of love
Fates – Greek goddesses that controlled a person’s life from birth to death.
Furies –Greek goddesses of vengeance
Ares – Greek god of war
Pandora’s Box – According to Greek mythology, it was a box containing all lls and evils given to Pandora. She accidentally opened it and released death and sicknesses into the world.
Hera…lded – A wordplay on Hera, queen of the Greek gods.
Eris – Greek goddess of chaos
Medusa- A Greek mythical creature with hair made of venomous snakes. Anyone who looked at her turned into stone.
Algea – Greek goddess of pain.
Zeus – King of the Greek gods.
Jove – Roman goddess of love.
Hymen – Greek god of marriage
Apollo – Greek god of prophecy and healing.
Agape – The love of God for man and man for God.