Sorry this one is so late, folks. Finals time at school really kicked my butt! The winner of the Open Agon is ‘for Artio” by Heather R. Congratulations, Heather! And a big thank you to everyone who entered. 🙂
Hail to you, Antinous the Lover
on this day and every day–
You Who rushes as a hare
and is as quickly an eagle pouncing,
O Most Loyal Hound of Arcadia,
O Wildest Dog of Bithynia!
Sing on nectar-coated tongues
and lips kissed with honey
the praises of Your beauty!
You have laid aside Your black armor,
and are prepared to strike with missiles
those to be brought under Your thrall!
Your weary labors complete, ascended,
You now take your leisure in the waters below.
Antinous the Lover, hail to You!
April’s Agon is now closed. This weekend I”ll divine for the winner. In the meantime, May’s Agon is for the Goddess Jord. I’ll post more about that later (it’s finals week…it’s a bit crazy lol)
Wood and Water
by C. Greene
Lady of the landbound mists, of the trickling rills and deepest lakes, thank you for the bounty of your waters.
Lady of the hidden flows beneath the land, of the interconnected fans of water-moving filaments that bind the lives of the forest together, tighter than any cloth on the loom, thank you for your liaison with the fungal spirits.
Lady whose heart churns with tidal yearnings, that sent her favored folk forth upon the sacrifice of her trees, to brave Ymir’s blood, thank you for the strength of their ships.
Hail Huldra, lady of the hidden waters, lady of the hidden folk, shepherdess of Her beloved ones, may You ever be honored and loved by those who love both your woods and your waters!
Surrender ( to my Patron)
by Vanessa M.
My sweet Lord
You Know how much my soul yearns for You.
How much my heart obsesses over You.
How much my mind is absorbed by You.
Let me ask You:
What is it what unites me to You?
Is it a thread, a filament? Is it love? Is it devotion?
I request my dear Lord You Break whatever is what brings me to You.
Tear it appart my Lord.
Dismantle it, Demolish it.
So that there is nothing to mediate us.
Nothing. Void. Emptiness.
Please Bring that void into me.
And Break me.
Tear me apart.
Annihilate me, please.
Prevail over me.
Don’t Go Easy on me.
Don’t Be Soft, Don’t Be Gentle.
Be Harsh, Be Unrelent.
Make me obedient, Make me soft, Hollow me.
I haste to give myself up to You.
To close my eyes.
To die to myself, to be completely emptied of myself,
To unconditionally give up my own will,
Lay bare and trembling at You Feet.
My heart conjoined with Your Heart.
by Heather R.
Ancient as the waters
You pulled us from the safety of our caves
Drew us close to the fire
And we learned that
The Great Bear
Didn’t just roam through the forest
She was of us
And we were of her
And her essence came down from the stars
And her blessings were in all wild things
Every breath that we would take
She was the keeper
One of the great mothers
Who taught by love and ferocity
Who wakes from this great hibernation
At long last
Full of life
Waiting to lead her cubs
Humming with the beat of all living things
Prayer to Antinous the Navigator
Hail to You, Antinous the Navigator,
on this day and every day–
You Who have lead on the path as a deer
and have marked foundations as dragon,
O Swiftest Horse of Bithynia in Arcadia.
You have been as a mercurial philosopher,
an offer of livery at supper
to weary world-wanderers
turned out by all at the inns.
Truth’s light is Your lantern,
clad in Your white raiments
as to the Black Star Your ship sails.
You have been the guiding beacon
and the urge of oars pulling onward.
Antinous the Navigator, hail to You!
Praises to Brigid
by Hugh E.
Hail Brigid, thrice great, thrice powerful, thrice blessed!
I arise today in praise of You,
For the blessing of water I praise You,
For the blessing of fire I praise You,
For words on my tongue I praise You,
For skill in my hands I praise You,
For cradle and hearth I praise You,
For the protection of the fian I praise You,
For justice for the weak I praise You,
For healing for the sick, I praise You,
For keening for the dead I praise You,
For Your mantle around the Earth I praise You,
Bíodh sé amhlaidh!
Vassal (For Loki)
by Fiona Y.
Dancing around your flame
Senses abandoned to
desire for You
And all the while burning
On the tip of your tongue
Whilst from my tongue,
Your words roll and flow.
I am Your vassal evermore
“Stoic Hymn To Zeus”
by Daniel S.
O Zeus, Supreme, Most High,
Your Will guides the destinies of men.
O Zeus, Protector Of The Sanctity Of Oaths,
Should it suit You,
I am quite content
that this be my final day,
for I have strived to live
in accordance with Nature
if You should see fit for me
to live one more day,
I am content as well
and shall continue to sing of Your might.
O Zeus, Ruler Of The Thunderbolt,
Wherever You lead me,
I shall always go gladly and willingly,
Or Fate will drag me, unwilling.
For it is not right to say:
I obey Your Will,
Rather, to say:
I agree with Your Will,
Whatever it may be.
O Zeus, Giver of Good, Of Freedom, Of Strength,
Through deprivation or abundance,
I take comfort in knowing
You, always, are with me.