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The Labyrinth

August 15, 2012

The below was inspired by a version of the tale of Ariadne and Theseus that I had not heard before…

The Minotaur, half man, half bull,
whose body was covered in stars
for all come from above
even those with baser natures
revered for his divine nature
yet an object of terror
rejection, ridicule and cruelty
engender anger in those
that feel unloved and unwanted
hidden in the Labyrinth
made by crafty Daedalus
an enormous, circuitous maze
with a temple at midpoint
for the creature to live
once inside no one could leave
out of sight and trapped
yet a constant shadow over all
given seven and seven every nine
sacrifices never again seen
Theseus, prince and volunteer
loved by Ariadne, Love’s Devotee
half-sister of the mazed beast
promised tribute to Dionysos
terrifying god of hedonism
she promised the hero aid
if he promised freedom for all
god-beast, people and bride
a magical thread to guide
woven from her own hair
a sea sword of sun and moon
to deliver the merciful blow
task completed all escape
the beast through death
the lovers by boat
or so they thought
until the island of Dia
where the god claimed his tribute
Theseus resisted at first
proclaiming her as his future queen
countered by the crazed god
with immortality and destiny
no match for a divinity
fearing for self and kin
the mortal was foresworn
sailing away without his bride
she,distraught and despairing
Love wrought a change
no longer a mere tribute
in the eyes of Dionysos
but a treasure of his heart
with time and devotion
instead of force and ravishment
Ariadne was won over
from an uncaring mortal love
to devoted immortal love
for love that is not requited
is not true love at all
she is now a wife
an equal partner
living in immortal bliss
Theseus mourned his loss
his weakness, his terrible decision
creating a temple to Love
within which a symbol
the symbol that started it all
a symbol of love, of dedication
created now as a place of joy
a sacred path, in and out again
a place to celebrate spirit
the human and divine in all
a place to slay internal beasts
all through the power of love
the Labyrinth of Ariadne-Aphrodite.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. August 16, 2012 6:55 AM

    Love it. Out of curiosity, which alternative story inspired this?

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  2. August 16, 2012 7:15 AM

    It was an excerpt within a book I’m reading. This version had Dionysos and Theseus arguing all night over Ariadne. Theseus gave up in fear that angering the god would take Ariadne by force and harm him and the rest of Athens. So he sailed away but regretted that choice his whole life and built the temple with labyrinth out of the love that he laid aside.

    Thanks!

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    • August 16, 2012 7:24 AM

      So it’s a fictional tale then? This is really good I must say and it plays on a lot of stuff I’ve been experiencing in the labyrinth of late.

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      • August 16, 2012 7:31 AM

        That is a complicated question. This is the second book in a series that I’ve barely started. The first book had an author’s note in it. She states that everything she wrote is true only with fictional characters. She clatims that she wrote it as fiction to protect her sources because there are those factions that still do not want such information released. So until I get to the end and read the note, I do not know how much is “fictional” and how much is “true”.

        When I read this myth, I thought of you. So I wrote it to be sure you’d get to see it. So in a way, you could say it is for you. 🙂

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        • August 16, 2012 7:43 AM

          Wow, thanks. It’s a really nice piece and, yes, it did speak to me.

          The author saying it’s fiction “to protect sources” sounds really weird though. That’s odd. :/

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  3. August 16, 2012 7:54 AM

    On one hand it seems like a marketing gimmick. Oh the other hand, it relates to Christianity and women’s place within it. So I can see where things could get potentially violent. They’ve worked really hard for many years to repress women in general. Yet it is so “DaVinci Code” with the secret societies and such. I just don’t know.

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    • August 16, 2012 8:03 AM

      That’s weird. I suppose a web search on the author might turn up something, but probably more effort than it’s worth.

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      • August 16, 2012 8:13 AM

        being that it is a VERY controversial topic within a very LARGE constituent base…yeah, not worth the effort. I look upon it as another version of a myth with all that that would entail.

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  4. Stephen Glaser permalink
    August 16, 2012 9:59 AM

    Very nice.

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