Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Poem: "Bull-Dancers"

This poem came out of the June 13, 2008 Poetry Fishbowl.  (I'm reposting it because the original page seems to have crashed.)  It was inspired and prompted by browngirl.  This is one of several Minoan poems I've posted.  You might also enjoy "The Goddess and the Bull" and "The Snake Goddess."

-- classical hendecasyllable

He comes.  Distantly, bellows echo.  Bull.  God.
We wait, trembling, awed and silent.  Youths.  Maids.

Bull-God, galloping ringward, rumbles.  What horns!
Palms.  Chalk.  Sweaty still.  Grab the horns and – Heave!  Leap!

Land well.  Scattering, dodging charges, we flee.
Safe, safe!  Holiness touches dancers.  We kneel.

Each year, sacrifice blesses those who dare dance.
Flesh.  Grace.  Touching His power briefly, we fly.

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