A look back at Homer – Day 8.4.2018

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

NaPoWriMo 2018 image

(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!





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