Palas Athena Pays A Visit, A Poem


when she rose from the waves,
clear-eyed and betrayed by
silent stories
felt on the skin,
she brought no
heavy treasure robbed
from mud-crusted graves,
no expectations of
prizes hard-won but
never awarded.

she found such rewards too common
too rooted in earthy loam and the dark stuff
of hidden worm-paths to please
to appease
to offer significant compensation.

she fed on light, its mirror-strength
magnified her,
shimmering refraction
made her pure image,
a liquid Picasso caricature
in prismatic slices
intensely thin
invisible

unless
your eyes can touch and hear

the sea.

© robert cook

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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Robert, I really enjoyed reading Palas Athena Pays a Visit this morning. Regards snakeslane


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backporchstories 4 years ago from Kentucky

That was awesome! Thanks!


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

nice imagery, congratulations


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lilyfly 4 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

I can't believe you are not a Nobel Winner, and I'm going to aprise Epi of the situation. Always. always. your words call to some inner heaven. It is so extraordinary, I was leaving to walk the dog, and one shoe is already off... umm that stutter of recognization of genius- (You can pay me later), You can imagine one might be compelled to write in Latin in response to your words. One might also imagine you picking up a book in Beginner's Latin, (if one really wanted to know the impact of their words) I had said, you had true, worthy writer scripted around your wrist, and that was just the beginning.... Your words call for reply, now, I will attempt it, BUT, do never think I take your passion and self lightly!!!!!!! Your good friend, lily


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moonfroth 4 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) Author

Snake, Hat, Backporch, Lily - thank you so much for your appreciation. I think I'll be working with "Athena" a little further--maybe a series on the Greek gods? They're much on my mind these days. And Lily - if what you say is true, where's the damn money? where's the fame? Aha! I have to learn LATIN, don't I? You're so sneaky. . . .


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Hi Robert, I like the idea of working on a 'theme' in poetry. One of my favorite imagist poets Hilda Doolittle 'HD', does this consistently. 'Hermetic Definition' a collection of poems written in her later years draws from several themes that she visits over and over throughout her life. I find it fascinating to find clues to her earliest writing in the pieces she wrote right at the end of her life.


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lilyfly 4 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

Yes. Where's the money. Indeed, that has been my question for 40 years.

I wrote a poem, Athenais, but thought better of it. Do you know my doggies name is Athena? Be well, be happy


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moonfroth 4 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) Author

Snake - I too love HD's stuff. Have enjoyed for many years. Thanks for the reminder. And Lily - why did you "think better" of that poem? Where is it now?


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Moonfroth, your user name is so apropos because this poem stirs up interest from the most remote galaxy. It truly is lovely and I indeed feel I touch and hear the sea with every sense especially the nonphysical ones. Just a thought inspiring and beautiful write you have given us. Thanks for the gift.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting. I would have to say that you have a masterpiece on hand Moonfroth. I apologize for the late visit cause your poetry is VERY GOOD my friend. Awesome and so so beautiful. WoW!!!


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moonfroth 4 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) Author

Lyric. from a poet of your stature, these are kind words indeed!

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