So I did not make it quite as far as Troy this week, alas and alack. Instead I found myself working on FanFic or perhaps FanEpicPo instead. These two poems comment on Xena Episode 1.8 Prometheus. The first speaker is Hercules and the second Gabrielle. It is a start.
Reconnecting: Hercules Speaks
“You‘re not much for girl talk, are you?
Of course, you‘re not like most girls.” –G. to X.
Your friend is right. You are not like most, whether
Girl or epic hero. Your rage still lies close
To the surface, a tool to be saved, and used
When the time of danger comes, and returns,
And returns, and returns. At a moment’s notice,
You turn it outward, with glee, a strange set
Of companions to hold in your heart. We made
A pretty good team once, too, the son of a god
And the daughter of an innkeeper, turned warlord,
Then reformed. I hear you’ve been helping people
To find your purpose. So yes, I do believe
The world needs you at least as much as me.
I will not see you sacrifice the life I helped turn
To the service of the world, not now. You mean too much
To me. It is easier to hold up a wall of rocks
On my back than to change your mind when you
Have made it up. Any other time I would find that
Admirable, but now you are risking your one, sweet
Life when I could do it for you, save the world
Without your cold corpse haunting my days.
Selfish? Yes, but sometimes I wonder if
We shared a soul once. And if I can do
Anything to prevent your untimely death,
That would be a labor worth undertaking.
What We Might Regain: G. Contemplates
Sometimes I wonder what she sees in me.
Sometimes I think of that story Plato wrote
About the people with four legs and two heads
That Zeus got all upset about and split
With lightning bolts, leaving us all asunder:
Only two legs, one head, and half a soul.
If, when Prometheus was rebound and doomed
To have his liver eaten by foul birds,
Day after day, mortals lost his gifts:
Fire and healing. Then what would it mean
If some heroes saved him? What does it mean
That she lets me travel with her, unable
To help with her adventures? It is intimidating,
Sometimes, watching her work like she is
A female Hercules. The sword is one thing,
But backflips and double kicks? I have begun
To write it all down, as Homer did for Achilles
And Odysseus. More people should know of her
Brilliance. Too, I sometimes wonder, if
Saving Prometheus will bring us back our fire
And ability to heal ourselves, what would we
Gain if she ever found that hero, the one
Who somehow in another human body holds
The other half of her enormous soul?
I never knew you could pull so much significance and power out of Xena. I watched the show to see her kick butt.
To misquote you, I came for the viking bunnies and stayed for the poetry analysis. We start where we are.
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