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Rain's Essence

Rain's Essence (Hera's ancient fires)

The glare of Hera's fire, preceded nimbus' spill,
her priestess' form, elated dampness in his sight,
behind the smoke he sensed the sky's evoking quill
- he felt the sacrificial flames' and offing's rite.

The solstice summer feasts, embrace night's border-lines,
the twenty third of June, all gracious maids inspires,
and thunderous the lightning strikes while dark confines
the land of ancient scape and tall retention's fires.

The scent of ozone is effused across night's still;
indefinite the distance spreads along rain's trace,
infinitesimal her blessing drops distill
fresh mistle touch of fingertips upon his face.

Defiant moor, where darkness sieges skyline calls,
he breathes the necking rain's small dimpling of prayer;
how distant are, the island shapes and tidal shoals, 
maids' dreams transform to silver light and rainy fare?

He upwards stares; where drops' trajectories extend,
embellishing the paths to feasts, June skies return,
rain's essence contacts him, he breathes horizons' blend
and Hera's ancient fires that crackling still burn.

© G. V., 11-13-2013, All Rights Reserved
(Iambic Hexameter)

Hera was the Goddess of June (Hera=Juno in Latin), and her feast was on Midsummer (what Christians called the St John's Day). Midsummer is the period of time centered upon the summer solstice, and more specifically the Northern European celebrations that accompany the actual solstice or take place on a day between June 21 and June 25 and the preceding evening. During the celebration fires were lit, and each maid would receive foretelling about the worthy young man that was to marry her)
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author: Giorgio V.
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  1. Date: 1/1/2014 6:02:00 PM
    They all come alive in your writings,, the Gods and Goddesses from ancient Greece. You are a fine storyteller Giorgio, and like a master you craft your poems. Back again to read, and loving it all the more...

  1. Date: 11/26/2013 1:02:00 AM
    Beautiful, Giorgio! Congrats to you on another well deserved first place win!! Love and Blessings

  1. Date: 11/23/2013 3:17:00 PM
    Way to go..Congrats on your great win..Sara

  1. Date: 11/22/2013 12:46:00 PM
    Lovely, Giorgio. Congrats!

  1. Date: 11/20/2013 12:26:00 PM
    Giorgio, You always kick it up a notch--talented write again and love the history!

  1. Date: 11/20/2013 7:59:00 AM
    an outstanding write Giorgio congrats on fine win Shadow x smile hug

  1. Date: 11/19/2013 9:15:00 PM
    Giorgio, Congratulations on your beautiful FRAGRANCE OF RAIN poem... Hugs ~LINDA~

  1. Date: 11/19/2013 8:22:00 PM
    you put so much work into your craft. And that is why you are winning a lot!! Congratulations. Great vocabulary and meter..

  1. Date: 11/19/2013 4:35:00 PM
    congratulations Giorgio; Lovely and flowing like fresh raindrops. SuZ

  1. Date: 11/19/2013 1:00:00 PM
    sweet cheers for your win in my contest, G... with mythological reference and artistic flair, you did it again!..:) huggs

  1. Date: 11/19/2013 8:52:00 AM
    Congratulations on the win, Giorgio. Soup Mail!!!!

  1. Date: 11/14/2013 4:49:00 PM
    A most excellent, well-penned verse as ever, Giorgio! I like how you include an information piece at the end so things make sense to those of us who do not know the history behind this poem...great job and I am sure you will place highly in the contest! Julie :-)

  1. Date: 11/14/2013 12:19:00 AM
    Geez, what a pleasure to read such eloquence and depth, Giorgio. Hats off to you for the polished poet you are. Nette will love your entry. Yet another prize to be taken by you. Well done, my Greek friend. Licia :-)

  1. Date: 11/13/2013 9:08:00 PM
    Giorgio, there is no doubt in my mind that you are one of those rare people who are born with a pen in hand, it doesn't get better than this, congrats, xxx

  1. Date: 11/13/2013 4:07:00 PM
    Nettie is going to love this so did I- " fresh mistle touch of fingertips upon his face ` ~Sooo beautiful is this verse Giorgio.Always my pleasure to visit your posts.Charm B-)

  1. Date: 11/13/2013 2:26:00 PM
    soup mail for you! great poem, by the way :)

  1. Date: 11/13/2013 12:04:00 PM
    thank you, G... :) huggs

  1. Date: 11/13/2013 9:01:00 AM
    best of luck!