"Thisbe," John William Waterhouse, 1909, Wikipedia photo, for this poem Dionē.
“Thisbe,” John William Waterhouse, 1909, Wikipedia photo, for this poem Dionē.

Part 2: Crystal Sphere

From fissure of marble sanctuary walls, light
Burst through, with one eye pressed against
Damp stone, Dionē’s vision was cleaved in two
Radiance of crystal sphere illuminating burial
Crypts, essence of knowledge and understand-
Ding, creating and animating life, including
Their bronze guardians, maidens set on stone.

“Having seen us, Dionē, we shall reveal who
And what we are,” high consciousness spoke
To her mind. “We beckoned Greek inception,
Simple folk we appeared, guiding history’s
Course, farmers, fishers, at times soldiers, we
Divined healing arts, civilizations formed, iron
And bronze tempered by our designing hands.”

“Yet our presence caused more calamity than
Prevented, ancient Greece into turmoil fell, vast
Mycenaean civilization collapsed, palaces aban-
Doned, all of Greece shuddered in our wake,
Upheaval of earth, invasions, egregious wrongs
We tried to correct, archaic gods evolved by
Word and deed, by then war and conflict struck.”

"A Priestess," John William Godward, 1894, Wikipedia photo.
“A Priestess,” John William Godward, 1894, Wikipedia photo.

“Thus, my child, two choices are given,” godly
Chorus stated, “Take what jewelry you desire,
And when you pass our threshold, all these
Memories will erase. They flickered blue and
Green. “Or, as we prefer, you may serve us as
Our emissary, divinely blessed, enlightened
Less than goddess, more than mortal maid.”

Hearing this, Dionē grabbed handful of jewels,
Gathered in her skirt, running steps she took
Past heavy-hinged door, descending cobblestone
Path where she froze fast in metallic form. Upon
Massive stone she sat: “Bronze maiden am I,
Guardian of ancient tombs, my existence fixed,
Burnished copper and tin admixed.”

Powerful and often cruel, deities of archaic Greece
Evoked Pantheon gods: Zeus, Hera, and Apollo,
Host of demigods. Bronze maidens, ancient bones,
And burial offerings remained locked in mountain
mausoleum, bolted bronze door flanked by two
Windowed slits, marble posts and lentil, receding
Into granite face depths.

This poem was inspired by the bronze maiden in “Homer’s Epigrams,”
No. III, “I am a maiden of bronze and am set upon the tomb of Midas…
while the sun rises and shines and the bright moon also…”

Written whilst listening to “Stop the World,” by Dan Romer, original
movie soundtrack for “Tomorrow We Disappear.”

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