Monday, June 18, 2007

What His Wife Said

In the beginning,
Eurynome, the Goddess
of All Things, rose naked
......from Chaos, but
found nothing substantial for her feet to rest upon,
and therefore divided the sea from the sky,
dancing lonely upon its waves.
......She danced towards the south,
and the wind set in motion behind her
seemed something new and apart
with which to begin a work of creation. Wheeling about,
......she caught hold of this North Wind,
rubbed it between her hands, and behold!
the great serpent Ophion. Eurynome danced
to warm herself, wildly and more wildly,
......until Ophion, grown lustful, coiled about
those divine limbs and was moved to couple with her.
Eurynome and Ophion made their home
upon Mount Olympus, where he vexed her claiming to be the author of the universe.
Forthwith she bruised his head with her heel,
kicked out his teeth, and banished him
to the dark caves below the earth.

That’s from GravesThe Greek Myths, 1960

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