"Madonna with Child," Francisco de Zurban, 1658, Wikiart photo, for this poem Lexine and Zalen.
“Madonna with Child,” Francisco de Zurban, 1658, Wikiart photo, for this poem Lexine and Zalen.

Part 2: Birth of Zalen

Child beneath her girdle, quickening of Lexine’s
Womb, transparent Sicilian seas, mortal strength
To limbs and soul restored, no husband could she
Beckon, washed overboard claimed she, golden-
Throned Æther father became he, ambrosia fed,
Milk from Lexine’s breasts, son of gods and sea,
Dionysus and Semele, joined in Lexine’s destiny.

Whilst in Syracuse, Lexine, rounding abdomen
Showing, learned at the feet of scholars, cross-
Roads of religious beliefs, Christian, pagan,
And Greco-Roman gods, languages she mastered,
Ancient papyri studied. Divine voices of Libyan
Pilgrimage pushed her heart east, lure of holy
Lands, Christ’s disciple she yearned to be.

Across broad back of the sea, Lexine’s journey
Continued, she rode amongst stern-ropes of
Her sailing ship, horizon her eyes pressed,
Ever drawn to ocean depths, child-awakened
Womb, maternal waters, bloody brine broken
On sea passage. By torch lights she conceived,
Ship lanterns limned her wave-born son.

Presented with infant son, Lexine named Zalen,
“Power of the Sea,” to east he had come, sun
Setting on bronze shores of Libya, mackerel
Skies, to captain’s quarters she was ushered,
Yet before, she cast towel-wrapped placenta
Into waves, blood offering of herself and of
Her son for safe birth and pilgrim’s passage.

Delivered to holy shores of Simon of Cyrenne,
Christ’s cross-bearer, burdens shared, son of
Æther at her breast, adoration of ship passen-
Gers, Lexine disembarked, sea voyage complete,
Journeys beginning into Holy Lands, across seas
Of sand with camel caravans, in faith Lexine
Followed, divine destinies, spiritual mysteries.

“[Lexine] some things you will think of yourself…some things
God will put into your mind.” ― Homer, “The Odyssey”

Next is Part 3: Christophany.

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