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Bellerophon was sent for by king Lobates of Lycia And given the dangerous task of slaying the Chimera A fierce creature like a lion with a goats head on its back With a serpent for a tail to ward off any rear attack. It was causing mayhem in the kingdom and left many people dead And the king promised riches in gold for the Chimera's head Bellerophon saddled Pegasus and rose up into the sky The mission was clear in his mind, the Chimera must die. He flew south for two days then rested by the river And whilst bathing heard a roar, that sent down his spine a shiver He mounted Pegasus and headed, to where he'd heard the sound And down below saw sheep carcasses scattered over the ground. Over to his left he saw the beast who roared and spewed fire A quick tug on the reins and it made Pegasus fly higher He circled a few times and then put an arrow to his bow Then pulled down on the reins to make Pegasus fly low. He let go of the arrow and it caught the Chimera on its side It let out a roar and then ran off, to nearby woods to hide But Bellerophon chased after it then let another arrow fly The Chimera rolled over but was refusing to die. Bellerophon landed nearby and approached with no fear Then put a large nugget of lead, on the tip of his spear He threw the loaded spear as the Chimera opened its mouth The lead would melt and burn his insides, Bellerophon had no doubt. It let out a blood curdling scream and its eyes turned a blood red And with one final scream, it seemed to fall to the ground dead The serpent's tail rose with fangs showing, and it tried to bite Bellerophon saw it coming, and swung his sword with all his might. Its reign of terror was now over it was finally dead Bellerophon swung his sword again and cut off its head He mounted Pegasus and with the Chimera's head in a strong net Headed home to the king with the proof of its death. He arrived home two days later and went straight to the king With the head of the Chimera wondering what bounty it would bring The king kept his promise giving Bellerophon, riches in gold And it secured his place in Greek mythology, with his story often told. All over the kingdom and the adjacent lands of Lycia People celebrated the great news, the death of the Chimera The King was so grateful that he threw a grand feast For Bellerophon in his honour for slaying the wild beast. Written on 1st April 2021. For This or That, Vol 1 Poetry Contest Sponsored by Edward Ibeh. Title chosen 'Chimera '.

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Date: 4/26/2021 12:23:00 PM
My friend, what a wonderfully creative new poem! And I see that you also won with it in a contest too. Congrats on that . Yet again we get to see how a great mythological tale inspired very fine poetry! A fav.
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Robert Lindley
Date: 4/26/2021 5:23:00 PM
My friend, for me it was a real pleasure -as your fine verses sang with an inner melody to this old poet's heart. You have such a wonderful way with all of your exceptional poetry! Such that would definitely make any poet proud, imho. God bless.
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 4/26/2021 12:48:00 PM
Thank you very much for your visit and congrats Robert, im happy that you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 4/18/2021 10:11:00 AM
Glad to see you won in the contest, Tom. Congratulations.
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Date: 4/18/2021 10:13:00 AM
Thank you very much for your congrats and return visit Andrea, hope your weekend is going well. Tom
Date: 4/12/2021 6:51:00 PM
Wow! Quite a mesmerising tale! Congrats on your win!
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Date: 4/12/2021 7:57:00 PM
Thank you very much Seeker, im glad you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 4/12/2021 2:51:00 AM
Congratulations on your win! I had never heard of this tale until now!
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Date: 4/12/2021 3:00:00 AM
Thank you very much Lisa, its inspired by the story in Greek mythology. Tom
Date: 4/11/2021 9:39:00 AM
Congratulations on your win. WOW!!! What a story/write. Your storytelling was working overtime on this one. "Great Job" Have a blessed day.................
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Date: 4/11/2021 9:41:00 AM
Thank you very much Paula, im pleased you liked it. Hope your weekend is going well. Tom
Date: 4/11/2021 5:36:00 AM
Back with BIG congrats Tom on your podium win.
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Date: 4/11/2021 5:40:00 AM
Thank you very much Vijay, an honour to share the podium with you. Have a great Sunday. Tom
Date: 4/10/2021 6:29:00 PM
Hi Tom, I knew this would do well in the contest. Congratulations on your win. It was well deserved:-) Alexis
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Date: 4/11/2021 1:33:00 AM
Thank you very much for your return visit and congrats Alexis, very much appreciated. Have a lovely Sunday. Tom
Date: 4/10/2021 4:54:00 PM
Heartiest congratulations on your podium win, Tom:-) This is a phenomenal, gripping write. You're quite a storyteller!
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Date: 4/11/2021 1:31:00 AM
Thank you very much Edward im pleased that you enjoyed it, also big thanks for hosting the contest. Enjoy your weekend. Tom
Date: 4/10/2021 7:46:00 AM
Wow, this was suspenseful Tom. Well written. You are good at story telling. :)
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Date: 4/10/2021 7:51:00 AM
Thank you very much Heidi, im pleased you liked it. Its from Greek mythology. Tom
Date: 4/8/2021 1:45:00 PM
Your work has good rhythm, rhyme and flow. An interesting story told in poetic form. It reads like a good contender to me for the contest. Your presence at my page is always inspiring. Sara
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 4/8/2021 1:51:00 PM
Thank you very much Sara, im happy you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 4/6/2021 3:38:00 PM
I never knew the story and now I do. Thanks for the poetic enlightenment, Tom.
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Date: 4/6/2021 3:56:00 PM
Thank you very much Andrea, im pleased that you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 4/5/2021 5:28:00 PM
Now, mythology is wonderful. But I really and truly myth your limericks, Tom. (Last one posted March 8). Don't get too serious on me, now. LOL. ~ Pegleg Pete, Pegasus' direct descendant
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Date: 4/6/2021 3:55:00 AM
Thank you very much Gershon, glad you enjoyed it, must consult my muse, cant believe its been a month.lol Tom
Date: 4/5/2021 2:57:00 PM
Tom, a great job telling this dramatic mythological tale in your inimitable poetic style. Well done, my friend and GL in the contest. Hope all is well ~ John
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Date: 4/6/2021 3:54:00 AM
Thank you very much John, im happy that you enjoyed it. All well with me, I hope you are too. Tom
Date: 4/5/2021 7:29:00 AM
Wow! I was not familiar with this tale and hung on every word, Tom. Fascinating, my friend. You always take time to present your very best, never rushing. You have given me a story I'll remember and a new fave!! Hope you had a nice Easter. I'm with family but wanted to stop by and say hello. How lucky I found this gem! Surely a winner. Hugs, Carolyn
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 4/5/2021 9:23:00 AM
Thank you very much Carolyn, had a lovely Easter and I hope that you did too. Im pleased that you enjoyed it, although I'd heard of Greek mythology Id never really read it until now. Thank you too for the fave. Tom
Date: 4/4/2021 7:11:00 PM
Hello Tom ... quite a tale to me and very enjoyable to read - well done Tom - Lindsay
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Date: 4/5/2021 2:10:00 AM
Thank you very much Lindsay, im pleased that you enjoyed it. Hope you're well Tom
Date: 4/4/2021 11:46:00 AM
Tom, Right there in the moment in your Chimera Rhyme. 'He mounted Pegasus and headed, to where he'd heard the sound ~~ And down below saw sheep carcasses scattered over the ground'. The original thriller, lead tipped spear and all. -Richard
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Date: 4/4/2021 12:33:00 PM
Thank you very much Richard, I'd never researched Greek mythology until now, I was drawn into it. I hope I managed to convey the story well,. Happy Easter to you and your family. Tom
Date: 4/4/2021 7:36:00 AM
You tell the story well Tom, best wishes in the Contest..
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Date: 4/4/2021 7:49:00 AM
Thank you very much Joseph, im pleased that you liked it. Happy Easter. Tom
Date: 4/3/2021 7:50:00 PM
Not only one amazing story, but the flow and the rhythm superb..Brilliant Tom, a poem to read over and over again.
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Date: 4/3/2021 9:54:00 PM
Thank you very much Harry, im happy that you enjoyed it. Happy Easter Tom
Date: 4/3/2021 12:30:00 PM
Your Greek mythology is spot on my friend - I might come to you for lessons. Amazing write. Blessings Tom, Jennifer.
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 4/3/2021 1:48:00 PM
Thank you very much Jennifer, you'd be more than welcome. Greek mythology lessons and maybe some Greek wine too lol. Tom
Date: 4/3/2021 3:40:00 AM
What a beautiful story from Greek mythology in rhyme Tom. Enjoyed reading this. Have a great weekend and a happy Easter. God bless.. ~ Ani
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 4/3/2021 5:10:00 AM
Thank you very much Anitha, I'm happy you liked it. I hope you are well and enjoy your Easter weekend. Tom
Date: 4/2/2021 6:34:00 PM
Interesting tale indeed. The creative juices were really flowing on this one. A great read. Stay well my friend.
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Date: 4/3/2021 1:52:00 AM
Thank you very much David, im pleased that you enjoyed it.. Hope you have a happy Easter weekend. Tom
Date: 4/2/2021 6:28:00 PM
A super write about the myths and legends of ancient Greece and Rome. I always loved those stories. You told this with good rhythm and rhyme and wonderful imagery. Well done. God Bless and Happy Easter! He Is Alive! JB
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Date: 4/3/2021 1:51:00 AM
Thank you very much Judy, im happy you enjoyed it. And I hope you too have a very happy and holy Easter. Tom
Date: 4/2/2021 3:59:00 PM
Exceptional epic narrative piece, Tom! Janice
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Date: 4/2/2021 5:29:00 PM
Thank you very much Janice, im happy you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 4/2/2021 1:12:00 PM
A real great piece Tom, with such great imagery along with superb rhyme too. Have a blessed Easter weekend, Gordon
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 4/2/2021 2:01:00 PM
Thank you very much Gordon, im pleased that you enjoyed it. Hope you too have a happy and holy Easter. Tom
Date: 4/2/2021 11:56:00 AM
WoW! Tom, I think you outdid yourself with this one. It was like I was watching an epic battle scene in a movie. Well done. Best wishes in the contest. Have a great day and a Happy Easter:-) Alexis
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 4/2/2021 12:08:00 PM
Thank you very much Alexis, I'm pleased that you enjoyed it. Hope you're well and hope you have a lovely Easter weekend. Tom
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