The Flight of the Horse ~ a Poem of Mythical Proportions
Standard Definition: FABLE
Fable is a literary genre: a fictional story, in prose or verse, that features animals, mythical creatures, plants, inanimate objects, or forces of nature that are anthropomorphized (given human qualities, and that illustrates or leads to a particular moral lesson (a "moral").
A fable differs from a parable in that the latter excludes animals, plants, inanimate objects, and forces of nature as characters that assume speech or other human abilities.
The Flight of the Horse
Amidst the clouds it galloped,
It's wings reflect the sun.
Racing through the stratosphere,
Cantering in fun.
It's hooves created lightning,
And thunder boomed below,
As the horse flew through the stormy sky,
Dashing to and fro.
Diving, swooping, plunging,
Playing chicken with the birds,
And rising to the Heavens
To inspire poetic words.
Then, Pegasus descended
With a swift and whooshing sound,
Wings folded flat along his back,
Hurtling to the ground.
Wherever Pegasus struck his hoof
An inspiration fountain burst,
Like Hippocrene the sacred spring
Where muses quenched their thirst.
Now back on Mount Olympus
Where he served his master, Zeus,
And to the caretaker of his youth
Urania the Muse.
Pegasus the Myth
Pegasus ( Πηγασος) was a flying horse in Greek mythology, (usually depicted as white coloured.) Sired by Poseidon and his mother was the Gorgon Medusa, he was born along with his brother Chrysaor when Medusa was decapitated by Perseus.
Pegasus was tamed by Bellerophon, a Corinthian hero, who rode him into battle against the fire-breathing Chimera. Later, while the hero was attempting to fly to heaven, the gods caused the horse to buck, throwing him back down to earth. Pegasus continued on its way to heaven where he took a place in the service of Zeus.
The horse was also placed amongst the stars as a constellation, whose rising marked the arrival of spring and seasonal rainstorms.
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More about Pegasus
- Pegasus, the winged horse in Greek Mythology
Pegasus, the winged horse in Greek Mythology was the son of mortal Medusa and Poseidon, god of the sea. Pegasus had a brother Chrysaor and was raised by the Muses.
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