7.02.2016

Athena Shakes Her Head

There’s a throne
in this morning’s clouds
from which I imagine
Athena observes
skirmishes with no purpose
olive trees rot roots up
war with no end
She knows
there’s no slowing this march
no wings can lift us
above inevitable despair
The mind of God is blank
and no blue remains
even above the clouds

11 comments:

  1. I love your ending, Marian. Especially the lines, "no blue remains above the clouds," so clever a thought, so final and earth changing.
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  2. The closing sounds so true, it must be a riddle why we seek hell on earth..

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  3. You offer a compelling perspective of earthly crises from this perch halfway to heaven.

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  4. Beautifully written, but quite despairing - with good reason, I fear.

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  5. Wisdom shakes her head--the clouds are blank, and the thunder that comes is not from the gods. Yesterday's lesson fades and we seem enslaved to our own worst instincts. This has a dark beauty, but it is very dark indeed, yet maybe not dark enough for what is coming.

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  6. There can't be a hopelessness deeper and darker than the one that covers the world when even the divine has no idea what to do. This reads like the sigh that leaves the chest when the soul knows that everything is already lost...

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  7. This is the way I feel too.........thousands of years of warring and we havent learned a thing yet. Sigh.

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  8. I am more hopeful than most I guess in that I am worried for the planet but I feel we have avoided world war for nearly sixty years-- as a child I thought we would have twenty at most. That said, your poem is very powerful with compelling imagery. Thanks. K.

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  9. and no blue remains
    even above the clouds

    It appears only despair seems to be tormenting hard!

    Hank

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  10. Wowzers.....I really like your choice to narrate this from the viewpoint of Athena. The distance/perspective was fresh to me and I love how you build to those last few lines. Well done and viva la!

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