Potamides

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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

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Comments

  1. 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. 🙂

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Magaly

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, lots of love 😀
      xoxo

  2. Mary says:

    A combination of surrealism and fairy-tale bliss…or maybe not — it seems those nymphs were quite the predators!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Mary,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, lots of love 😀
      xoxo

  3. 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

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Linda,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead

  4. 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.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Therisa,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, lots of love 😀
      xoxo

  5. 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..

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Bjorn,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead

  6. 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

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Grace,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, lots of love 😀
      xoxo

  7. Victoria says:

    Now here’s a myth unknown to me and how well you have taught it!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Victoria,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, lots of love 😀
      xoxo

  8. Bryan Ens says:

    You bring myth to life. Beware those nymphs!!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Bryan,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead

  9. 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!

    Hank

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Hank,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead

  10. Em says:

    I love it from the first word to the last. One of my favorites tonight.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Em,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello De Jackson,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, lots of love 😀
      xoxo

  11. Margaret says:

    Beautifully told – Beware indeed!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Margaret,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, lots of love 😀
      xoxo

  12. This is a very creative one…and it gives ideas to go to many possibilities.. 🙂 Loved this!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Sreeja,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead

  13. Turns the tables on the more usual complaints about men being the predators! An interesting form, that made me hunt for the internal rhymes.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Vivienne,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, lots of love 😀
      xoxo

  14. Misky says:

    It’s always fun to spin a new arm off an existing tale, and you’ve managed it very well in this one.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Misky,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead

  15. ShirleyB says:

    Beautiful, Sanaa. Probably the best I’ve read of yours – though not read them all 🙂 Lovely.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Shirley,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, lots of love 😀
      xoxo

  16. 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!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello James,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead

  17. gayle walters rose says:

    So beautifully written, Sanaa. Those nymths seem so innocent but apparently not. I really enjoyed this!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Gayle,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, lots of love 😀
      xoxo

  18. Rommy says:

    Oh one had best beware of those ladies! Really lovely and languid feel to this poem.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Rommy,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, lots of love 😀
      xoxo

  19. gillena says:

    Oh yes in the land of myth always the caution exists; well penned Sanaa, i enjoyed this tale of caution

    much love….

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Gillena,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, lots of love 😀
      xoxo

  20. Mish says:

    Mystical and captivating from beginning to end.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Mish,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, lots of love 😀
      xoxo

  21. Sumana Roy says:

    What a lovely journey into the world of Potamides…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Sumana,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, lots of love 😀
      xoxo

  22. Kunal says:

    This is a lovely piece of verse, Sanaa! Nice write! ?

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Kunal,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead.

  23. Jae Rose says:

    Beware the nubile capricious nymphs…but then perhaps there are worse ways for journeys to end 😉 Magical as ever

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Jae Rose,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, lots of love 😀
      xoxo

  24. 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. 🙂

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Barbara,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, lots of love 😀
      xoxo

  25. Bekkie says:

    A warning to heed, watch out in love! I have always loved this image.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Bekkie,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, lots of love 😀
      xoxo

  26. Sara McNulty says:

    I love the words in this fine poem. Wonderful image.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Sara,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Sean,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead

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