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Often encountered by travelers lone; the nymphs amongst water lilies
made lures with lights of streaming stone. Giving gifts of poesy bright
to those they deemed their own. Their beauty fresh – nubile disrobed
with eyes of blue. With passion and caprice – exposed to mortal view.

Their luscious tongues of orange though false portrayed as true; and
virtue prone to peril had methods strange and new. These nymphs of
woodlands Greece; had lids of faery sleek. They chose to prey on men
whose minds and hearts were weak.

Further in darkness alone tread not lost craven
Beware of whom you seek – love or mere offend.



Photo credits: en.wikipedia.org

For my prompt “When Myth Meets Poetry” tomorrow at 8:00 am EDT.

Posted on poems written on Prompt Nights


& Posted on Open Link Night @ dVerse Pub


56 thoughts on “Potamides

  1. Magaly Guerrero says:

    I’ve always been enchanted by poetry and fiction with naiads in them. So beautiful, so mischievous, so old… but full of novel possibilities.

    Love the last two lines. It makes me think of a myth that marries a fairy tale that knew a fable. 🙂

  2. Linda Kruschke says:

    These two lines or phrases stood out to me: “though false portrayed as true” and “They chose to prey on men whose minds and hearts were weak.” Perhaps it’s because lately I’ve been thinking of all the ways people are fooled by falsehoods portrayed as true. Very nice. Peace, Linda

  3. Therisa says:

    Gives new meaning, to the old saying: “wolves, in sheep clothing”. Like how, you’re experimenting with different styles, of poetry, Sanaa. Wasn’t expecting this prose poem, from you, especially on this subject matter. Thanks for sharing your poetic growth.

  4. Bjorn says:

    Myth and poetry is such an excellent subject… and those wonderful nymphs would be hard to resist… maybe I better stay away from those places..

  5. Grace says:

    Those nymphs were out to play & waylaid I am sure ~ Beware of whom we seek, I like ~

    Like the creative prompt Sanaa ~ Thanks for linking up with D’verse

  6. kaykuala h says:

    They chose to prey on men
    whose minds and hearts were weak.

    There are teasers among them. But they had better be fair in their dealings less a conniving male might take it bad. Wonderful lines Sanaa!


  7. Jamztoma says:

    Hi Sanaa, this was one of your best. I feel so one with the beauty of the nymphs and your retelling of this myth. I appreciate your talent of expression it’s so brilliant. Have a great one!

  8. barbara says:

    I love how you put the words together to create a beautiful poem. You can feel the seduction of the wayfarer, as he is being drawn into the nymphs deceit. 🙂

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