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by Raymond A. Foss

(This is for Clio - M.)

Expectantly, asking where she was
She was eight, at that point, in that year
my long-dead ancestor
alive again in this child
running in the yard
with the other players
on this tiny stage set
Reflecting history
that was, in our past
a slice of time, our common struggle
to form this place
free to worship
as conscience dictates
hola_melanippe: (Profile at Hypatia)
by William Carlos Williams, 1913

(This one is for Urania - M.)

The Archer is wake!
The Swan is flying!
Gold against blue
An Arrow is lying.
There is hunting in heaven--
Sleep safe till to-morrow.

The Bears are abroad!
The Eagle is screaming!
Gold against blue
Their eyes are gleaming!
Sleep safe till to-morrow.

The Sisters lie
With their arms intertwining;
Gold against blue
Their hair is shining!
The Serpent writhes!
Orion is listening!
Gold against blue
His sword is glistening!
There is hunting in heaven--
Sleep safe till to-morrow.
hola_melanippe: (Profile at Hypatia)

by Mike Essig
They really are a hard group to work for. No dental insurance either. Cheap hussies.

Well hello, sweet Muses.
How nice of you to drop by
at four in the morning.

Let me make you some tea.

How are you all today?

Oh, I forgot for a moment
that you are goddesses
and are always
exactly as you should be.

I'm fine except my sleep
has become oddly contrary.

But you all know that and more.

You are the magic that
stirs my dreams until
I give up and get up.

You betray me to nightmares,
insomnia, memories and poems
that could certainly wait
for morning if you so desired.

And where have you all been?

For three years, you've been gone
and I have been left mute.

Such fickle bitches you are,
only bestowing your favors
according to your whims.

But we have all, back to Homer,
known how unfaithful you can be.

Now you've returned and I can't sleep.

You know I'm not so young
as the last time you visited.

I need a little rest occasionally,
but you are working me to death
as if no time at all has passed.

There should be a union for poets.

Of course, I will do your bidding as usual.

Calliope, Clio, Euterpe,
Thalia, Melpomene, Terpsichore,
Polyhymnia and sweet demanding Erato.

It's nice to see you all again,
all so lovely and immortal,

but please remember I am only a man
and a man can only take so much.

So please, try not to show up before 8 AM.

hola_melanippe: (Warrior in Consulate)
I will be so glad when I can have myself to myself again, and Klaus is his own man. He is tired of being called 'Miss Karas', too. November 4th is not close enough. I couldn't even finish this note without being interrupted!

There are stelae I haven't properly shared yet, and news. You can see me helping my brother's... what is the right word, polemarchos? Taxiarchos? Those are military terms, they are not quite right. Boithos? Archon, perhaps. Anyway, the adelphe's name is Annechen, and I went with her to buy her house. They have a little train at this place called 'Tin Teddy'. I'm starting to be very fond of the little trains, they amuse me.

I didn't get pictures of going to Oktoberfest with adelphe Alison - she's one of Klaus's neighbours. I was looking around the great house in Carntaigh in Caledon as a party was concluding, and found her just leaving. The Oktoberfest was very quiet for such a well-publicised event, but I found Greek dances there! Also a polka, which I heard made Annechen very happy. She likes things from her home here, but — who doesn't?

Speaking of which, I was visiting Kara's property - before she built her lovely house - and wandered around the island. I found Diana's Paradise Island annex! See me relaxing next to her pool? We finally had some time together, the epikleros and I, and she told me her plans for us in this realm. It might be a long time coming, but she has vision a princess should have for her people.

Ah, what else.... I finally got some pictures of myself in my own armour, not just the Roman uniform. I had to be rescued by the Caledonian adelphe Alexx when a strange sister speaking only Spanish showed up in the Consulate. I heard the princess showed up at Klaus's party, I thought that was nice (it would have been nicer if I'd been there to greet her). I showed a real adelphe who guards the forest around some lands in Winterfell. She said she was an Amazon, although I did not recognise her; perhaps she is from one of the mortal tribes I have not encountered.

And then there's this holy-day this past Wednesday, a cross-quarter to the equinox and solstice, where apparently you either dress up unusually, get drunk, or have reverent bonfire rituals. Or sometimes all three. Klaus 'wore' me as a costume to one of his events! And dressed as some character from an entertainment, to boot. At least she was a warrior. But then it got very strange, because I was there, but so was he, and my motivating spirit seemed to be speaking through and over both of us. At one point I faded out entirely, like I was asleep, and woke again to find my yellow costume ripped and somewhat bloody across the front, as if I had been attacked - but no wounds. And my pnevma was still dominant. It felt very strange, and I still don't know what actually happened.

And the news: Roma, where I am a member of their Legio until my sisters gather in enough numbers here, has expanded its lands! The training grounds are moving to the very northern coast of the new land; there will be a large harbour just for the classis - I saw three ships docked. There is a large mountain, taller than the dwelling of Haestphestus in the suburba I think, and much free water through the land I could see quickly. Some of my Legio sisters led me there, and I found they have been gifted with the gods with flight as I have! That was as much of a surprise as the new lands. I must tell my new friend Telemachus - my brother has seen him in Caledon as a warrior of repute, but I met him at the sacrifice in honour of the Getae's change in status.


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