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Poem: "Dancing in Rain and Sun"

This poem was inspired and sponsored by rix_scaedu.  In case you're curious, you can read more about Dionysus and Iris.


Dancing in Rain and Sun


One day Dionysus brought his wine
to a party on Mount Olympus.
He and Iris got roaring drunk
and went to dance naked in the rain.

They were so drunk
that they tripped over a rainbow
and busted it into a billion pieces.

While Dionysus and Iris
sat on their butts in the mud,
laughing like idiots,
suddenly the sun came out
and the broken pieces took wing

and that was the beginning of butterflies.

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rix_scaedu From: rix_scaedu Date: November 2nd, 2011 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Is the cup bearer supposed to drink that much out of the cup? :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 2nd, 2011 03:14 am (UTC) (Link)

Well...

Whether he is or not, he usually does. Dionysos spends much of Greek mythology too plastered to walk straight. I always tend to think of him as that guy who dances on the coffee table and has stories told about him forever after.
rix_scaedu From: rix_scaedu Date: November 2nd, 2011 03:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well...

I was thinking of Iris when I wrote that...
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 2nd, 2011 06:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well...

Fair enough. There are fewer references to her getting drunk, but with Dionysus involved, I figured that was more likely.
rix_scaedu From: rix_scaedu Date: November 2nd, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well...

He has had a lot of experience with the Maenads, I suppose. Or he's like a wine waiter who tops up your glass without asking while you're not looking...
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 3rd, 2011 12:31 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well...

>>He has had a lot of experience with the Maenads, I suppose.<<

Yes, he likes loosened women. Fortunately he is immortal and does not need to worry about being ripped limb from limb.

>> Or he's like a wine waiter who tops up your glass without asking while you're not looking...<<

*laugh* I think you just nailed the explanation.
rix_scaedu From: rix_scaedu Date: November 2nd, 2011 03:25 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well...

Except he keeps dancing on coffee tables...
whuffle From: whuffle Date: November 2nd, 2011 12:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Reminds me a bit of one of the Native American tales of how butterflies came to be...

Totally off topic, I wanted to say that you did an incredible job covering Ace last week. Thank you so much for that. It was really informative.

Any chance you would consider doing a similar round on writing characters with disabilities? Yes, I know that a lot of people have covered this one, but I happen to like the way that you approach this sort of research...
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 1st, 2011 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you enjoyed the ace posts. They have proven both popular and effective.

I might cover disabilities eventually. I've written about the topic a few times. I'd be more likely to do it if crowdfunded, though. Otherwise it'll have to wait until I need it. That's part of why I wrote the ace stuff -- I kept bumping against those issues in my writing and elsewhere, so when that happens, I tend to sit down and do a piece so I'll have the data in one convenient place.
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