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

Forever.

And the sun god lifted her up
Sang her song
Healed his own broken heart
Ended her fear:
Made her story one of boundless

Imagination,

The kind we call love.

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