Treasure Island

Diane Hine

(25 July 1956)

Ballade: Legacy


Within a stalk of fennel hid,
Prometheus took fire for
some poor ancestral hominid,
infuriating Zeus in lore.
Our forbears lived by nature's law
and myth to truth is paradox,
yet when they cooked their food from raw,
they travelled paths unorthodox.

Zeus fashioned clay in counterbid,
first woman, cursed with moral flaw.
Pandora batted sweet eyelid,
Prometheus refused, wherefore
Zeus chained him, while an eagle tore
his liver flayed upon the rocks.
When Titan sought mankind's rapport,
he travelled paths unorthodox.

Zeus gave a jar and then forbid,
Pandora look into it's maw.
Of course, she peeked inside the lid
and helpless, watched the ills outpour.
Does hope remain for us in store?
the vessel, be it jar or box.
When prying led her to explore,
she travelled paths unorthodox.

Shall we live happy evermore?
our bodies shaped by boon and pox.
Will future beings add encore?
They travelled paths unorthodox.

Submitted: Saturday, April 07, 2012

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  • Chuck Audette (7/19/2012 2:21:00 PM)

    Unique form to tell a wonderful tale. If we were to live within the bounds set by the gods, we would find it Titan uncomfortable. -c (Report) Reply

  • Sylva Portoian (5/18/2012 1:23:00 PM)

    I like this one...
    And first stanza
    With hearty rhymes...
    Some of your poems
    I couldn't understand...
    May be I breathe behind...! (Report) Reply

  • Danny Draper (4/13/2012 4:10:00 AM)

    A terrific poem, you must be working gradually and brilliantly through each poetic style. As always great word smithing resulting in a finely crafted and interesting poem. (Report) Reply

  • Tim Stensloff (4/7/2012 11:01:00 PM)

    Been interested in tackling tricky forms lately? I enjoy reading your poetical insights. (Report) Reply

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