Dr. Zeus – Book I – Canto VI

Of a new goddess born
With the fullest of form
Of where she did land
Those who don’t understand
Of no honour given
To what they were driven
Of mens’ danger imminent
And death indiscriminate
-Oh Halcyon Muses nine-
For your version I simply haven’t the time
This is a tale some other beauty
Than that of art – that of your duty
And while men you inspire well
Of women’s form wish to tell
So now shall I sing of my best sisters birth
And the trouble for Lemnos it did unearth

Aphrodite The Goddess Of Love Was Born Of The Sea, Not From Above

Now that humans Prometheus made
We had a need to all of them bade

Easy did we fall into our roles
Each of us knew what were our goals

Ares, clearly, would teach them to fight
Athene instruct in Wisdom’s great might

I, as king, protect their power
Ensuring all had their allotted hour

And Hera – my beauty – my wonderful wife
Protected the ladies through motherhood’s strife

For stretched across time we saw that they’d come
And without their assistance man’d be undone

But we had no power to bring them together
None us gods were half enough clever

They seemed to always each other resist
They stayed on this course, did always persist

But our solution, it already had come
That day, she, already had won

For when father discarded the orbs of sky
He didn’t care to where they did fly

With his throw they landed in Ocean
And such great things this did set into motion

For while we travelled all over the world
‘Round the testes water had swirled

And whipped up around was a pile of foam
Which, the sea, for years did roam

At last it came to Lemnos’s shore
Revealing one whom we all do adore

For when the water whisked the bubbles away
It uncovered one whom with all wish to lay

Aphrodite there came into being
Her existence, their passion, seemed to be freeing

Soon they paired off as husband and wife
Seeking, each, to share their whole life

After a while Aphrodite did stir
Which wouldn’t leave things as they now were

For ‘round Lemnos she thought then to walk
And at her all men did unsubtlety gawk

But their wives disliked how they did act
They were lacking all sense – they were lacking all tact

So when Aphrodite divinity claimed
“A liar is she!” they as one exclaimed

For while their husbands were the ones in the wrong
That close to her – oh! love is too strong

They sought someone ‘pon whom to lay blame
Causing the disaster which then to them came

Aphrodite did punish with a beautiful smile
And cursed the women with a stench most vile

They tried and they tried – did repeatedly wash
But this repugnant scent they just couldn’t quash

Their men no longer could bring them to bed
Their passion, it seemed, was once again dead

But still they had Aphrodite’s desires
For that lust, that longing, it never expires

So sailing they went to the islands around
They brought back the women that they there found

Whether they wished to be there or not
All unwilling were dragged into their plot

But when the ladies of Lemnos saw what they had done
They decided death would to the men come

Before their captives they could forcibly bed
They sought out the men and made them all dead

The others, the victims, they sent on their way
They in Lemnos were not welcome to stay

One man, though, survived all the slaughter
For he was hidden by his most loyal daughter

For while he too at the goddess did gawk
To new women he did not with them flock

At Aphrodite he knew he must stare
But he knew ‘twas too their curse to bare

For the women, while punished, were no more to blame
Man and women, should suffer the same

For when we gods to mortals do go
Into their lives, chaos, we throw

His child, Hypsipyle, for what she had done
The grandest of prizes was about to have won

For in epiphany Aphrodite appeared
And by the women she greatly was feared

But a hand she raised and gestured for calm
And her words were soft and soothed as a balm

“Dear ladies” she said “I do not you blame
In your position I would sure do the same

“Your husbands, your men, they went the wrong way
With you through all they’re intended to stay

“They acted improper – horrid and bad
I can see why their deaths have made you all glad

“But one man was good, and you almost him killed
For your rage was unbridled and couldn’t be stilled

“And if you had I’d have no further curse
For your men, well, it’s hard to be worse

“But one you alone rose ‘bove all the rest
Proved herself to be truly the best

“Hypsipyle henceforth will all of you lead
And through her I’ll give what you all need”

Her proclaiming now done she returned to the sky
She was more than our equal – she did not have to try

So one more our ranks grew then in number
In time to take rites atop of burn lumber