Agon for Minerva and Apollo – Entry #1

‘Paean to Apollo-Heros’

by Adam Standring

Shoot! Shoot! Shoot from on high
your arrows to the dark abyss,
Where Python greedy guards the pool
from which renewing life emits.
Fly true your golden darts of life
to pierce the serpent’s hissing flesh,
Convulse the beast! Its blood to flow
and in the waters boil and splash.

Young god rejoice! The deed is done
regale us with your lyre and song,
Of how a Hero shines his light
and in the deep contrives to fight
With worms and beasts that gnaw at health,
and yet in death bring fame and wealth:
A Paean to brave ardent youths,
great Delian sing forth!

Deep black blood runs and soon decays,
in ray of Phoibos’ light and heat,
And flesh it falls from writhing bones,
to putrefy in vapours sweet.
And up on high she looks and breathes:
Pythia on her triform seat,
For messages from returning souls
whom Python once did eat.

Young god rejoice! The deed is done
regale us with your lyre and song,
Of how a Hero shines his light
and in the deep contrives to fight
With worms and beasts that gnaw at health,
and yet in death bring fame and wealth:
A Paean to brave ardent youths,
great Delian sing forth!

About ganglerisgrove

Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at wyrdcuriosities.etsy.com.

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