Saturday, May 15, 2021

Athena's Rose

 


He winked his commands

along my body until he reached

the iron curve of my hips.

 

A cutting from Athena’s rose

I owned the yes of my blooming

and the thorny reach of my no.

 

He thought he’d dance me through

the devil’s garden only to find

he wasn’t given the power to lead.

 

 ©Susie Clevenger 2021

The Sunday Muse #160


21 comments:

  1. Sigh ... iron curve of my hips and thorny reach of my no! Doesn't get any better. Cheers, Susie.

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  2. May as well set the tone! Great imagery, Susie.

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  3. I owned the yes of my blooming
    and the thorny reach of my no

    Let him assume he was succeeding in his attempts. That's a clever way of keeping your man! Clever take Susie!

    Hank

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  4. Right on! Interesting that we wrote about sisters--Persephone and Athena.

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  5. This was a pure delight to read. The imagery and that last stanza, awesome!

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  6. "I owned the yes of my blooming..." how often we forget that, and how often people try to steal it. Strong and powerful poem, Susie.

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  7. Sometimes, the beginning of the best stories start with a firm no.

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  8. Me to an FB friend: "I owned the reach of my blooming and the thorny reach of my no."
    FBF: Where does such brilliance come from?
    Me: (leads them to your digital space)

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  9. Wowza this is utterly amazing Susie! I love the strength and freedom this holds! No is no and she knows it!!

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  10. OMG what a fabulous diva.

    Happy Sunday Susie. Thanks for dropping by my blog today

    Much💚love

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  11. Well penned! "I owned the yes of my blooming / and the thorny reach of my no." - excellent!

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  12. What a powerful ending on this, Susie!

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  13. Love the natural power in this. So true.

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  14. Hah! Good to own our own sensuality.

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  15. he must learn to respect a woman. i bet he found Athena's rose pretty painful. :)

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  16. There is something so awesome and empowering about this piece. Love!

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