poet Yusef Komunyakaa

Yusef Komunyakaa


Zeus always introduces himself
As one who needs stitching
Back together with kisses.
Like a rock star in leather

& sapphires—conflagration
& a trick of silk falling
Between lost chances & never
Again. His disguises are almost

Mathematical, as Io & Europa
Pass from their dreams into his.
This lord of storm clouds
Is also a sun god crooning desire

& dalliance in a garden of nymphs.
Some days, he loves gloxinia,
& others, craves garlic blooms—
Hera, Aegina, & Callisto in the same song.

Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 7, 2016

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Comments about Infidelity by Yusef Komunyakaa

  • Moira CameronMoira Cameron (4/14/2016 7:09:00 PM)

    Zeus has sometimes come across to me in the mythology as something of a buffoon, with all his philandering. I imagine his behaviour was interpreted in a variety of different ways depending on one's gender or social status. In this poem, I am not sure whether the poet is admiring Zeus or not. It almost comes across like a criticism - that Zeus is weak because he cannot make up his mind who he prefers.

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (4/14/2016 5:12:00 PM)

    He wrote a very fine poem with words like gems set in his lines, but being a woman I would rather he wrote of a hero rather than a lecher.

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  • Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton (4/14/2016 7:24:00 AM)

    Ladies beware! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (4/14/2016 6:53:00 AM)

    Our mythological gods have wielded enormous power over earth, ocean and the sky by all means- mostly wrong ones, flaunting their Casanova skills and still holding on to their seats of power. The poem brings to fore this aspect quite eloquently.

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (4/14/2016 12:35:00 AM)

    In the same song! Thanks for sharing.

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