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how would you feel
if the gods demanded
that you
slay your own child
your perfect beautiful strong daughter
who would have done anything for you
married any hero
any rival kingdom's scion
would have given her own life
did
give
her own life
willingly
and without a whimper
without a sigh
anything
to help
you
(worthy or not)

you
who foolishly angered a goddess
how would you feel
if your pride and boasting
led to your own child's demise
I could tell you how it feels

but I can't
speak
when I think
of my perfect daughter
on the altar
bare breasted
neck stretched for the knife
I had to look away

so I don't know if it's true
what they say
about the deer
and about my perfect lovely daughter
transformed
into a goddess
I just don't know
for sure
(I am a coward)

but I can believe it
because I know Artemis
(I never had time for the gods before this but the women in my family are crazy about these things)
I believe that she is no petty, jealous goddess
golden apples never meant anything to her
can't eat them
(she always preferred green ones straight from the tree still sun-warm)

she just wanted my perfect daughter
for herself
I think
(wise brave strong who wouldn't want Iphigenia for themselves)
she is a goddess after all
and
she had a good excuse
(that I gave her)
because I was a foolish prideful
mortal
man
and injured her pride

dear daughter
lovely strong daughter
is it you
who stands at the crossroads
in the dark of the moon
ruling over magic and women
carrying your perfect wisdom
to heaven?

or did I send you to hell?

I hope I never see you again, dear daughter
because
hell
is where
I am going
much like the Jewish Jehovah/Abraham story
only much cooler
(i'm sry but Greek kings and goddesses beat out the Torah any day, in my book, for soap opera value)

+DEDICATED TO:
:heart: my $upporters, *CaXe & *iamthemindfire
AND
:heart: anyone and everyone who has kids
BUT ESPECIALLY
:heart: anyone who has ever lost a child
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ErisianPen Oct 19, 2010   Writer
The Greeks thank you for this fresh new approach to the old stories.
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All of the Gods are nasty bits of work.
God said to Abraham kill me your son.Abe said man you must be putting me on.God said no.Abe said what!!God said you can do what you want Abe but,the next time you see me coming,you better run....Abe said where you want the killing done.God said how about out on Highway 61.
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