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From the deep and darkened sea of lust,
On Kythrira's temple shore,
She rose up on a wave of foam;
A goddess to adore,
Described as a beauty filled with love,
In pages of folklore,
But beauty is not what I see
On Kythrira's temple shore.
A life with gifts eternal for
A goddess to adore
So much confusion; heir of Zeus,
or prodigy of war?

Far from the darkened sea she rules,
On her private temple shore.
A feast prepared of sheer delight
To the goddess they adore.
She offered them a tasty feast;
A priestess candy store,
Of Aphrodisiacs that she named
At her private temple shore.

I can see her part re-played; it's clear
She was used much like a whore,
Adorned in gold, and called a pearl
On every temple shore.
Born with seduction as her craft,
This goddess did adore.

She stood much like her statues
With her head up to the sky.
With her eyes up to the sky
She looks much like her virtues,
as she rules upon the shore.
Will she ever lay in ruin,
This goddess they adore?

How sad that someone young and wild didn't get to be a child,
But a goddess to adore.
A poet underneath the trees who called the wind to lend a breeze.
A goddess to adore?
I think not, she was a witch; I would know, I had to switch.
A clever game upon that land, as Satan played a wicked hand.
For he and Venus walked that shore.
She's been his wife along life's shore.

Copyright © Astrid Ivy Gibbs

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  1. Date: 7/24/2008 9:32:00 AM
    She never sung "Just out of reach of my two open arms." Not even "Crazy Arms." This was a great write, mythical and well written. God Bless. Vince

  1. Date: 7/16/2008 8:50:00 AM
    Very mythical and enchanting. I could almost envision this being recited to a harp or something. Beautifully done, my friend. Love, Sara

  1. Date: 7/12/2008 2:09:00 PM
    Ivy, What a story hun! Written with wonderful rhyme and flows very well. I enjoyed the mythology, the folklore had me enamoured with a sense well defined mystery that I didn't want the tale to end. So, I read it twice ha! Love Light Truth Patricia Oh you asked what sign I am, Taurus....Perhaps that's why I'm so stubborn right?!

  1. Date: 7/12/2008 1:12:00 PM
    Ivy, this is wonderful, I love it! The reads flow and rhyme scheme reminds me of a Poe write, amazing! Your talent shines for us all with this one, keep writing my friend, I'll never tire of reading. ~ Michael

  1. Date: 7/12/2008 10:56:00 AM
    Wonderful rhythm and flow, it falls very musically on the ear. The questioning style enhances the mystery and atmosphere. Very well done. Regards Heidie

  1. Date: 7/12/2008 8:21:00 AM
    Astrid - Excellent flow and a wonderful story that captures the reader and holds them hostage - I think this ballad was wonderful

  1. Date: 7/12/2008 4:40:00 AM
    Wow Ivy, this is some write. Not quite sure I know much about Greek mythology, but your poem is amazing. Captured by your words with it's awesome imagery and perfect rhyme and flow. So well done. Going to read it again. Love, Shar