Circe, the Divine (Day 8)
There are explanations of the divine and integrity
when it comes to women and witchcraft;
women of intellect; of healing and superior
care. The spell men couldn’t fathom was
simplicity. Circe had first to set Odysseus
to safety, avoid the mutiny of his men,
hold them in survival, suitable to no human
memory: well cared for, comfortable enough.
Her love transformed the outcome for all; with
her resources, her wit and advise. Homesick
men departed her shores and too little credit
history gives her, Circe, the Divine. Then
Homer gets carried away with tales of Hades
before Odysseus returns to cavort again with
Circe. But that was his mistake, not hers.
The story hesitates here; the narrators’
devise before another chapter begins.
A welcome break so that I could study
Circe the Divine with equity in mind.
Benita H. Kape © 8.4.2018
(Shelley talks a lot about looking back to all earlier poets and poetry.)
Let’s take a leaf from Shelley’s book, and write poems in which mysterious and magical things occur. Your poem could take the form of a spell, for example, or simply describe an event that can’t be understood literally. Feel free to incorporate crystal balls, fauns, lightning storms, or whatever seems fierce and free and strange. Poetry is like that (at least when you’ve been reading Shelley!