Elizabeth Rebel

Rookie (March 02,1989 / New Jersey)

On Giving Birth To Helen (Of Troy) - Poem by Elizabeth Rebel

I push you out,
screaming pelting
you into the air
you, the tiny perfection
of my infidelity
you, my lovechild
of the Sky-king
and you who
is destined for
something that
I cannot imagine
For I am simple,
a simple creature
a woman who
spread her legs
for the great beast
of a swan and
the woman who
now screams to
the heavens, begging
your father to
allow my loins
to give you life

And now you
come, pushing passed
my cervix, and into
the light
gold sparkles burst
in my eyes and
for the first time
I look upon the gods
in their truest form
for you glow as if
you are one of them
my daughter, you
are also his
and I name you
Helen… for him
Helen, whose face
will one day launch
the ships

Comments about On Giving Birth To Helen (Of Troy) by Elizabeth Rebel

  • Patricia Grantham (6/11/2015 8:23:00 AM)

    A powerful piece from beginning to end.
    Very good write.
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  • (3/10/2009 6:15:00 AM)

    Very good I am agreat fan of greek 'myths' and hear to begin at the beginning
    Leda And The Swan

    A SUDDEN blow: the great wings beating still
    Above the staggering girl, her thighs caressed
    By the dark webs, her nape caught in his bill,
    He holds her helpless breast upon his breast.
    How can those terrified vague fingers push
    The feathered glory from her loosening thighs?
    And how can body, laid in that white rush,
    But feel the strange heart beating where it lies?
    A shudder in the loins engenders there
    The broken wall, the burning roof and tower
    And Agamemnon dead.
    Being so caught up,
    So mastered by the brute blood of the air,
    Did she put on his knowledge with his power
    Before the indifferent beak could let her drop?

    William Butler Yeats

    lots of love jimxx
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Poem Submitted: Monday, November 21, 2005

Poem Edited: Thursday, June 3, 2010

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