Search for lost Merope across oceanic strands
And afforested slopes, petitions of four Pleiad
Sisters, Merope’s freedom from fiery Choas
Depths, granted by Mount Olympus residing
Gods. Once divine punishment was decreed,
Only altered it could be, lost Merope would
Not return as seventh sister of the Pleiades.
Song of sunrise, hymn to Hermes, goddess’
Lyre, plectrum strummed melodies invoked
By musical tortoise shells, Maia’s ascending
Chords and wingéd words allayed Merope’s
Despair, banished to Ikaria Island, punished
For marrying Mortal Sisyphus, king of Corinth,
Bearing four sons as Greek legends do relate.
Sequestered to misty Ætheras temenos, sacred
Groves, whispering streams, Merope found
Solaced peace, loving visits from her sisters,
Radiant and nebulous, Maria of high passions
And armor bright shook Chaos’ arsenal, so
Pure Ikarian sunrise, amethystine Ægean skies,
Upon echoing heights Merope’s light doth shine.
Related poem: “Four Pleiad Sisters”