Athena

Athena smiled at me when I observed

that everything fitted in its position

nothing jutted out of place

          in all the sandy corners of the earth

          but the palm tree beseeching

          its skyward direction when

          early in life I learned

          of my secret love: sea

dark blue and merciless

inviting and ardent punisher

of sins told and sanctified

when the goddess chose 

to make a marble cenotaph

and to erect  my statue which

           would speak of greatness

           true demagogue that I was

with a vague smile

upon my face

          she then placed a wilted daffodil

          and a fiery red carnation

          over my heart

it was a sad day when

I drank water to become diaphanous

          before I vanished into the sea’s

          deep blue embrace

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