It’s been a short while since I posted last and that’s down to a number of things (most recently being my desktop hard drive giving up the ghost, limiting my online access) but I’m been looking through old stuff and come across a selection of pieces I wrote some years ago, early in my discovery and exploration of Hellenic Polytheism. Thought I’d share this particular piece at the moment. Enjoy!
Zeus & Ganymedes
Oh beguiling and beautiful Prince of Troy,
Whose youthful radiance fills my very immortal heart;
How can I be without thee by my side high in Olympos?
A King amongst Gods, I watch with sweet and tender desire,
The swelling in my heart more than any mere mortal could abide,
The divine ichor in my veins rises to fill every fibre of my endless Being.
Sunlight catches your hair and the contours of your body move with noble grace,
Shrouded in your royal robes as you go about your day unaware
That a God looks down on your splendour with elation.
And when great Helios and pale Selene have played their merry chase across the sky
More times than I care to notice, and dark-bosomed Nyx envelops the world in darkness,
I realise in my perpetually beating heart of my unceasing love for thee.
In your dreams I play my part, whispering to your ear my words of passion.
A god of such terrible force and thundering destruction am I,
But also gentle and kind, favourable to those I adore.
No longer can I endure this unending maddening desire,
So I send to you my love on an eagle’s wing.
The touch of down and feathers across your body melts your resistance
As into a slumber you fall, so deep and peaceful I am the only thought to fill your mind,
Up, higher towards the glory of Olympos you ascend!
Oh handsome longing of my heart, the clasp of the raptor’s claws on your exposed flesh neither pains nor marks.
The touch of the eagle and the warmth of feathers are an extension of my will,
As the clouds pass you by and Desire himself rests heavily in my chest, I see you brought before me.
You are my ever-youthful prince and I behold you to my eyes as though your mortality is more divine than my own Godhood.
In sleep your resplendent nature is even more gratifying;
Beauty so unforgettable I place you amongst the stars so that no matter where in the universe I may be, you will always look back at me.
Your chest rising and falling slowly, your downy lashes fluttering only slightly as you dream of me.
My touch rouses you as you rise to my hand and I lead you to take your place amongst the Gods.
Sit beside me; be enveloped by my strong arms. Let me see your sweet smile, hear your laughter to tell me you are happy
And taste the nectar of your lips.
I will keep you forever safe in immortal bliss; rest your head on my chest and hear my heart beat for you,
Know that my you have my grace and all in my power will keep you from even the most divine wrath that others may attempt to thrust upon you.
Freedom and love, passion and frenzy, desire and respect – these and so much more I give to you…
My exuberant Ganymedes.