Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Ogedengbe Tolu Impact writes


I have seen ink in scintillating colours,
On the pages of witty sages.
I have seen words couched in different textures,
On the pages of witty sages.

I have seen writers with gifted quills,
On the pulpits of their rhetorics.
And some by their magnificent skills
Have wove garland of verses.

I have also heard poets made incantations
To invoke images with devastating imageries
And with words, some poured out libations
To appease the goddess of poetry.

 I will wait my muse's inspiration,
The touch of her magical wand,
And the thrill of her divination
Shall project me to my wonderland.
She will guide me in the path of mystery
Where my feet have never trod
My heart will be clouded with melody
As she waves her mystical rod.



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  2. The birthing of the Greek/Roman gods was always a bloody one. Ouranos ("sky, heaven" -- probably from the Greek "ouréō, to urinate, linguistically similar to other Indo-European words for rain, mist, dew) was the son of Aether (the god of heavenly light and pure upper air) and Gaia (Earth), who became his wife. Every night he covered the earth to mate, but he hated the children she bore (the 12 Titans, the three 100-handed giant Hekatonkheires, and the one-eyed giant Cyclopes) and imprisoned them inside her. To seek revenge Gaia created a flint-bladed sickle and persuaded her youngest son, Cronus, to ambush him. When Ouranos sexually penetrated her, Cronus castrated him and threw his severed testicles into the sea. From the blood of Ouranos came the snake-legged Gigantes who were the cause of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, the Erinyes (the Furies, the goddesses of vengeance -- Alekto [unceasing], Megaera [grudging], and Tisiphone [vengeful destruction]), the Meliai (the ash tree nymphs who became the nurses of Zeus and the parents of mankind), and the nine shape-changing Telkhines who caused hail-, snow-, and rainstorms; from his genitals came a white foam from which Aphrodite emerged. But then Cronos reimprisoned the Hekatonkheires and Cyclopes in Tartarus, the abyss that was as far below Hades as earth was below heaven, leading Gaia to issue a curse that he would be overthrown by his own son in turn. With his sister Rhea he sired five gods but swallowed each of them upon birth. But Rhea plotted with Gaia and Ouranos to save the youngest, Zeus, whom she switched with a stone wrapped in swaddling clothes and raised in a cave on Mt. ida in Crete. Since Cronus ruled over the earth, heavens, and sea, Zeus was dangled from a tree, thus suspending him between the three realms and effectively making him invisible to his father, and his cries were masked by the clashing arms of minor deities sent to guard him. Eventually Zeus cut open his father's stomach and released his own siblings and those of Cronus; when the Cyclopes were released they gave Zeus thunder and lightning, which had been hidden by Gaia.
    After impregnating his cousin Metis, the goddess of wisdom and magical cunning, Zeus recalled the prophecy that his own child would outshine him, so he swallowed the pregnant Metis whole. While within his stomach, the titaness forged weapons and armor for her unborn child, and the constant pounding and ringing gave Zeus a headache, so his older brother Hephaestus, the god of fire and metalworking. used a hammer to split Zeus' ahead and relieve the pain. And from the cleft sprang Athena, fully armed and adult. To the Romans, she was Minerva,
    the virgin goddess of the arts, music, poetry, medicine, wisdom, commerce, weaving, crafts, schools, battle, and magic. In Roman Britain, she was syncretized with the local goddess Sulis, who was often invoked for restitution for theft. Ovid called her the "goddess of a thousand works."(The Romans borrowed her name from Menrva ["She who measures"], a moon goddess of the Etruscans whom they had displaced in Italy.)


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