Fallen God: A Poem

He who was once as Zeus

Now is as Icarus

Wax-wings smoldering,  then blazing,

Then gone

Fallen to Earth

Sans net, sans arms

Sans me to break his fall.

He is mortal.

My Medusa-eyes see

Petrified penis

Manhood in stone

A cast mold

Of the God he once was.

 

Have you no lightning bolts to throw,

Dear Hypocrates

To turn this stone to flesh?

 

No Hypnos!

I sleep not

I dream not!

I sculpt.

I am Pygmalion

I kneel at the feet of goddesses

In silent entreaty

A mortal in a barren temple

A woman embracing an empty womb.

 

Laurie Woodward is the author of The Pharaoh’s Cry,  Kidnapped Smile, and Dragon Sky from the fantasy series The Artania Chronicles,  as well as the middle-grade Forest Secrets. She co-wrote Dean and JoJoThe Dolphin Legacy and was a collaborator on the popular anti-bullying DVD Resolutions. Bullied as a child, Laurie is now an award-winning peace consultant, poet,  and blogger who helps teach children how to avoid arguments, stop bullying, and maintain healthy friendships. She writes on the Central Coast of California.

 

 

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