Apollo’s Scuffle for Hyacinth

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Spike of fragrant hyacinths,
compelling so much so that crawlers, clouds above surrender—
wanton,
glistening in the sun serve to be the reason for a feud
between Zephyrus and I,
Apollo, one of the twelve Olympians—
such audacity, such pomp!
Is that some way for a flower to behave?
In the end, I use your petals for medicinal purposes.
Touché!

 

 

 

Photo credits: Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717)

Day Nine ~ Words Count With Mama Zen

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14 Replies to “Apollo’s Scuffle for Hyacinth”

  1. Snap! We chose the same image! I’m always amazed at the different perspectives poets have on an image. I love that you went back to mythology and the lines:
    ‘Spike of fragrant hyacinths,
    compelling so much so that crawlers, clouds above surrender’.

  2. Hah! LOVE those last 3 lines! Clever story line to draw from this illustration. Isn’t it an amazing story to read of this barrier breaking woman in 1699????

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