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A Story Concerning Herakles


Antaeus's Son to His Father's Killer
 

Here we are, my mercenary Greek,
back at the same crossroads
where you bested my father.
The ground when you pinned him down
is what defeated you in
hold after hold or until
you found the way to filet his strength,
the way a fisherman's instinct
removes flesh from the bone of earth.

That was when you bested him, pressing him, foot loose,
to your chest, enjoying his death.

But I am not like him whose daughters
are my mother (earth, air, fire, and water).
I am the inbred, an avatar
thread through elements, and whose
original sin is my source of strength.

Come to me please, Herakles.
I wish to press you to my chest
and watch your eyes bulge out when you meet
my father's face in each hero's moment
defining his one hero's defeat.

Revenge is such a useless emotion.
I do not want your death. Just your lost look
in the echo of my father's eyes on the mat.
 

Terreson

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I see my poem is not generating much interest. I guess it is a bit testosterone heavy. Our friend Rus Bowden is running a poetry contest on the theme of wrestling. I wanted to contribute something to his contest and at first felt I couldn't, knowing next to nothing about the sport. Then I remembered the old Greek story about Herakles and Antaeus. Antaeus, son of mother earth, got his strength from the ground. He could not be bested until Herakles finally cheated, lifted him off the ground, and squeezed the life out of him. The story line suddenly struck me and so I tried to chase it down. Really. I am not all that macho.

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hi Tere,

I knew this was a response to Rus' project and don't think it's over-loaded with testosterone. My problem is I can't unravel the knot of S3:

But I am not like him whose daughters
are my mother (earth, air, fire and water).
I am the inbred, an avatar
thread through elements, and whose
original sin is my source of strength.

Fascinating lines, my favorites in this poem.
I just can't unravel them. So I figured I'd
wait for someone smarter than me (maybe Rus himself) to comment.

Cheers,

Chris

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Well, Chrisfriend, at the danger of doing that supremely boring thing and explaining intention here goes.

In my imagination Antaeus drew his strength from one element. The earth. Through a little fancy footwork his son is shown to draw his strength from all the elements. And so he cannot be bested. His original sin would be the incest of which he is the issue. That's all. Thanks for commenting.

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