First Submission to the Hebe Agon

For Hebe
by Alexeigynaix

throw like a girl
run like a girl
fight like a girl

this girl is the wife of Herakles

the stories seem to say
She was His prize for apotheosis

not so

She asked Her mother’s blessing
almost before She asked Him
to be Her husband

She can throw a discus
run a marathon
hold Her own against Athena in a spar
with the selfsame grace and surety
with which She pours ambrosia
sets a table
washes up

the world may sneer at women
who are young and know their power
(or even if they don’t know, yet,
that young women like themselves
hold power, sovereignty)
who wait tables to take classes
and smile their sultry smiles in selfies
phone camera held at careful angles

She too is a photographer
and often overlooked
as young women waiting tables
often are

but there’s power in these snapshots
in supportive words with friends
in the strength of bold young women
who throw and run and fight like girls

combat boots or lipstick
both are armor in their way

call on Hebe, wife of Herakles,
His match,
young women, as you fight
to build, restore traditions
and to earn and well-past earn
all the respect you’re more than due

I call to bright bold Hebe
Help us now, I pray

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.

Posted on June 9, 2018, in hellenic things, Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Wow! This is very powerful!

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