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Of Myth and Men

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Of Myth and Men

But is it true?
Does flesh impart
the spirit heart with mystery
to synchronize its beating—
fare its child with golden history
beyond its bloody birth,
its soft resigning death
to spur romance alone?

There is a touch of sainthood
in the firelight raconteur who
sketches in the apparition of a god
to dress his reach into the past...
from where did that emerge?
In truth, inside of us.

In truth, each journey to the mountaintop
will pass the lions in the heart,
medusas on the sands to lure us 
to the lands of strange delight 
where men and beast unite,
where totems tower
beyond our failing sight.

And with it all, the fantasy of song—
the legend sung to men
far long upon the trail
who caught a glimpse
of that old highway through the mist
from earth to fair Olympus
where the demigods cavorted
one last time, and left their imprints
in the golden dust.

With humankind there just is not enough
to raise the breath of life beyond,
yet with the fabled must 
of  prowling lions, teacher and disciple
feed their mind and soul
not from the carrion of Eden
but the cradle of the Ark.

Copyright © Robert Ludden

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  1. Date: 12/3/2012 8:58:00 PM
    Robert, you capture the spirit of myths, all those heroes, Olympus, and the danger for all of us fragile humans on our path through life

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    Date: 12/3/2012 10:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    The myths do seem to have it made. :-)