The Messenger

soaring to the provinces exotic,

through riddled rivers and beyond,

amid the wars waged, blood shed,

from the acreages of the admonished,

to those sprawled over thrones gilded,

voyaging over the convoluted traps,

covering every stretch, every single gap,

inebriated by the purple lord of vines,

condoning the ill will of the queen fine,

plummeting into the oceans to coral palaces,

congregating with mislaid heroes in peril,

consorting godly gifts and curses, callous,

relishing the obscured avenues, looting olives

from beneath the proboscis of wisdom,

pardoned by his tricks, and wondrous wit quick,

O Hermes, it is he who cruises through realms,

consociating the mortals with the divine,

bearer of epistles, prayers and vain wishes,

coiling snakes wrapped around his kerykeion,

his burdens carried out, instrumented by talaria,

within the cushions of which, he rests his feet,

and let these winged sandals take him,

engrave his name on scrolls of myths,

to his destinations, he is a mystic messenger,

with an avian ability, gifted, seeded by father king

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The dVerse prompt today is to write about shoes. I chose talaria which are the winged sandals of Hermes. Though I have used the theme partially, I hope that is alright.

I apologize for not mentioning the mythological references in the piece earlier. They are:

1. Purple lord of vines: Dionysus

2. Fine Queen: Hera

3. To coral palaces: Palace of Poseidon

4. Heroes: Demigods(half human and half god)

5. Wisdom: Athena

6. Why stealing olives?: Olive tree was the gift from Athena for the people of Athens and therefore, the city was named after her.

7. Kerykeion: Staff of Hermes

8. Father King: Zeus

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16 thoughts on “The Messenger

  1. very cool…mythology is cool…i studied it a bit when i was younger…being the meesenger of the gods i am sure he got to travel quite a bit….intriguing us of language in it as well…had to look up words like kerykeion…

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  2. I only know little bits of mythology but always find it interesting but I reckon I could do with some winged sandals so that I could post my messages…so much more fun the facebook. 🙂

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  3. ah very cool to bring hermes into the game… when i was in california i saw a guy (he was the waiter in a restaurant actually) who had tatooed wings on his calves… i found this fascinating..

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  4. I enjoyed the mythic quality of your poem HA! “O Hermes, it is he who cruises through realms,/ consociating the mortals with the divine, / bearer of epistles, prayers and vain wishes” – beautiful lines!

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