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Eclogue (ek´log), a term usually applied to what Theocritus called idyls—short, highly finished poems, principally of a descriptive or pastoral kind, and in which the loves of shepherds and shepherdesses are described. Eclogues flourished among the ancients (Bucolics of Virgil), and, under the name of pastorals, were fashionable in the sixteenth century, Spenser's Shepherds' Calendar being a good example. They were revived in the eighteenth century by Pope.

So when he slowly descended from the hill,
with sun providing him with a blinding halo,
the other ascended and regarded him in awe.
"May I introduce myself? Hermes."
He bowed and his wild blond curls shone like gold
in the evening light.

The sheep flocked, mixed and mingled.
And watched them with mild but fleeting interest
bordering on bored.
They sat together under the tree, the one
admiring youth and golden locks,
the other admiring colors and warmth
of playing flecks of dust blowing in the
warm evening wind.

"Then who are you?" Hermes asked amazed,
while his companion, silent, only held his hand
and caressed the slender fingers.
"Where are your sheep", he wonderingly persisted.
"Follow me, and I'll show you miracles and
wishes fulfilled," his companion seductively replied.

And as he put his flute to his lips, sheep, rats and
Hermes, mesmerized, followed him, over the hills
towards the brilliant sunset.


January 31, 2017

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Date: 12/18/2017 11:37:00 AM
Intrigued, have read this again!
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Date: 2/1/2017 2:20:00 AM
Love those flocking sheep. What a charming poem. Unique. Eclogue indeed. JH
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Darren White
Date: 2/1/2017 2:26:00 AM
Thank you John :) It was such a pleasure to write it.
Date: 1/31/2017 7:44:00 AM
What a wonderful little story! I love Hermes!
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Darren White
Date: 1/31/2017 7:54:00 AM
So do I :) I enjoyed writing this.