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Poem: "The Myth of Amethystos"

This poem came out of the June 5, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from mdlbear.  It was sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  You can read about amethyst and the myth online.

The Myth of Amethystos

Once there lived a young woman
who desired neither men nor women.
Not even the determined wooing
of Dionysus himself could turn her head.

When Amethystos went to pay tribute
to the temple of Artemis,
Dionysus fell upon her in drunken lust
and pulled the clothes from her body.

Amethystos prayed to Artemis
for protection, and the goddess
turned her into a statue
of clear impregnable crystal.

Stricken by remorse,
Dionysus wept over the statue
and poured the last of his wine as libation,
and the stone turned the violet of wisdom.

Since then, the stone called amethyst
has stood for the virtue of chastity
and it is said to protect against intoxication,
Artemis' final rebuke of Dionysus.

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mdlbear From: mdlbear Date: June 8th, 2012 09:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: June 8th, 2012 11:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

You're welcome!

I'm glad you like this.
kyleri From: kyleri Date: June 14th, 2012 02:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh. A stone for asexual folk! And a myth to go with it. Happiness.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: June 14th, 2012 02:51 am (UTC) (Link)


In the asexual pride flag, the purple stripe represents community, the people who support you when you need them.

I'm glad you liked this poem!
rickybuchanan From: rickybuchanan Date: June 20th, 2012 03:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow ... I never knew this, and amethyst is my birthstone!!

Thank you :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: June 20th, 2012 04:26 am (UTC) (Link)

You're welcome!

That's really cool. I was intrigued because purple is one of the colors on the asexual pride flag. So amethyst is an ideal stone, and it was right there in the original myth.
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