|© Daniel Mackie - Kingfishers and Swirling Water * Oct. 2011|
restored on halcyon days. Alcyone and Ceyx--
such hubris! Worshiping themselves
instead of praising Hera and Zeus.
Besotted on the cliffs, on the green clifftops,
on crags wound with vines, vines that wind
around a cottage and its garden, their garden,
where worlds, sea worlds, tide worlds
pulled, pooled with song, bird song.
Fish blew bubbled notes echoing
above the crash, above the rock-stopped
splash, silting staffs, the sun-gilt laughs of
love so deep, so softly sleeping. After
that, Zeus screamed and Hera cursed their
love’s embrace; she damned their danced delight.
Drowned, broken on the edges of their precipitous
idyll. Then lesser gods rained piteous
pleas that changed them -- rainbow hued,
counterfeit king and queen to wingéd catchers,
seaside dwellers, kingfishers--forever charmed.
© Gay Reiser Cannon * 2012 * All Rights Reserved
An exercise in Sprung Rhythm invented by G.M. Hopkins, S.J.
Posted for #FormForAll @dVersePoets Pub''
For calling each other Hera and Zeus, Alcyone and Ceyx enraged the gods themselves. Ceyx was tricked by Zeus into taking a ship voyage away from Alcyone and Hera later told her he had died. Alcyone threw herself into the sea and drowned.When Ceyx returned to find her dead, he followed her. The lesser gods felt such pity for the loving couple that they restored them to life as kingfishers. For a fortnight on either side of the winter solstice, the couple are given days of no wind or high weather to prepare for their new chicks. These are called Halcyon Days - days of peace.