Athena Presents

Zeus tripped and fell
on the stairs to Olympus
one day

he proclaimed in god-like
royal fury

then there before his eyes
blossomed a singularity
bending light around it –
a crystal orb just out of reach;
the ever-real image of an egg
hidden invisible in the depths

and so it went from day to day
until in a blazing arc of pain
he stumbled over and cried out
as in head-splitting fashion
young Pallas Athena came leaping forth
in declaration shouting –

“Yo – what’s up Pops?”

and the silver-eyed goddess
stood naked in triumph –
the fully-formed warrior
wild and wise,
she was rightly feared

and the pantheon knelt in awe.

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