Goddess of the Hunt(ed)

June 29, 2020

Cold-as-the-moon Artemis
Goddess of the Hunt
Twin of, but second to, Apollo
and his sun-streaked chariot
Apollo, who leads the Muses
in song and lyric and stories told
Apollo, who shoots with a golden arrow
Gold is a soft metal
Malleable when beaten

Silver-soft sister
Whose Father wasted eons
Worrying about the phallacy,
the phantasy – virginity.
So sent He seven nymphets
To protect It (not her)
One for each demon cast out

Mistress of the Wild
Lover/Mistress of Orion
Fell for the way he hunted
Forgetting whom he hunted
Bow and back arched
Tension and release

Her arrow never misses its mark

Envious Apollo
King Zeus wannabe
The Boy Who Claimed Rape
But not his own
Never his own
Never his
Never is
Never was

Artemis sought vengeance
For the rape that never was
Star-scattering Orion
Until he faded with the sunrise

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