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Dionysus, Apollo, Balance Me

Dionysian passion fills my soul 
With a stream of life that knows no restraint, 
Its frantic current defies all control— 
Awakens the devil within the saint.

Injected with life I'm lost in her force 
As waves of strange visions rend me apart 
For purpose that has no ending, no source— 
Oh come to my rescue creative art.

Apollo, come harness this raging stream, 
With power of reason channel the surge, 
Reshape my voluptuous, savage dream— 
Transmute its horror to aesthetic urge.

Bring order to chaos—hold tight your rein—
Come challenge this frenzy of energy! 
You both are needed—the crazy, the sane… 
Dionysus!  Apollo!  Balance me!

Sandra M. Haight


*In Greek mythology, Apollo and Dionysus are both sons of Zeus. Apollo is the god 
of reason and the rational, while Dionysus is the god of the irrational and chaos. The 
content of all artistic creation is based on the tension created by the interplay 
between these two. The use of the concepts of the Apollonian and Dionysian is 
famously linked to the philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche.

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