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The Lyre

The lyre
Hermes gave
He fashioned
From a tortoise shell.

 Once a water nymph
Who declined
An invitation
 To the wedding
Of Zeus and Hera,

This child who
Took lightly the life force
Became the instrument
Of angelic sound.

 When Apollo’s Golden hands
Touched those strings,
They sang the story
 Of water, Earth,
Air and light,

Made Apollo
God of music
And redeemer of a wild girl
Who would follow

The course of her own mind
But could not--
Or maybe did--
With Hermes’s help.

Like a River

Who wouldn’t want The arms of A poet A healer A seer A sun god
Wrapped around her?
To be safe Secure Beautiful Chosen
Filled with the promise of life?
Who wouldn’t? Daphne.
Pursued by Apollo She prayed to her river god father To keep her Out of Apollo’s reach.
Hearing her cry, Peneus Empowered her to become The laurel tree
And the sun god lifted her up Sang her song Healed his own broken heart Ended her fear:

Daphne and Apollo

Boasting of his defeating Python and establishing his oracle at Delphi, the son god Apollo tells Cupid to put away his bow and arrows because there is no way the son of Venus could match the son of Zeus as an archer.

Like his mother, Cupid has a quick temper, and he means to bring down Apollo for his arrogance.  To settle the score, he fires a golden arrow into Apollo to quicken love and a leaden arrow in to the beautiful Daphne, daughter of the river god Peneus, to deaden love.

So of course Apollo falls in love with Daphne and pursues her.  He begs her to stop running from him, declaring:  “I am/the one who has invented medicine,/but now there is no herb to cure my passion; my art, which helps all men, can’t heal its master.”

But Daphne will remain a virgin.  She doesn’t want whatever Apollo has to offer.  She runs on until Apollo is within reach of her, when she begs her father, “‘Help me, dear father; if the river-gods/have any power, then transform, dissolve/my gracious shape, the…