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The Sirens
by Peter Paton
Friday, April 21, 2006
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In Greek mythology, the Sirens are creatures with the head of a female and the body of a bird. They lived on an island (Sirenum scopuli; three small rocky islands) and with the irresistible charm of their song they lured mariners to their destruction on the rocks surrounding their island (Virgil V, 846; Ovid XIV, 88).



Beware of the beautiful and alluring Sirens

who sit upon the rocks and byways of life

evil enchantresses and black magic women

who lure unsuspecting wayfarers to an unsuspecting death

with their irresistable charms and delights

and beguiling and enticing songs to net and entrap

promising knowledge to every man who comes to them,

ripe wisdom and a quickening of the spirit

the Greek Goddess Demeter had cursed them

for allowing Persophone her daughter to be kidnapped

and carried off to the pits of Hades

so she turned them into birds with female faces

and condemned them to a life of guile and dread

they claimed the lives of numerous sailors

and anyone who listened to their words of deceit

until they met their match in Odyssey and the Argonauts

who were schooled and trained by the God Orpheus

Greece's greatest musician and poet

who taught them how to avoid the peril

of listening to those Seductive Sirens from Hell

sealing the Argonauts ears with bee's wax

and tying Odyssey to the mast

they were able to safely pass the demons trap

and the moral of the story

is to always be aware

that not everything that beckons

like burnished gold in the dark

is good and wholesome for your heart


Copyright by Peter Paton 2006

The Sirens

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Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 4/25/2006
Truely enjoyed this poem about the Sirens! Thank you so much,
Birgit and Roger
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 4/23/2006
Thanks for reminding me of this great tale. We've got two sirens at the office. It's a good thing my Odysseus is tied to a mast (wheelchair) or they'd have me crashed on the rocks (sexual harrassment) for sure. ;-)

Reviewed by Connie Hinnen Cook 4/22/2006
Much wisdom in those last 5 lines, Peter.
Thanks for sharing this "sage warning" with us.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 4/22/2006
Another very fine offering Peter!!

Love tinka
Reviewed by Phillip William Allen 4/22/2006
Really enjoyed the depth of these lines.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 4/22/2006
Not everything that beckons is good and wholesome - how so very true, Peter - and yet another marvelous recounting of ancient Greek Mythology.
Reviewed by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations 4/22/2006
Dear Peter, the vastness of your knowledge of mythology, history and legends of ancient lore, is truly a pleasure to behold and partake of. Like so many others you have shared before, this poem is not only beautifully written, but conveys a wise lesson that may have been already implicit in the legend of Odisseus and the Sirens itself, but which you here render more explicitly. May the "Odisseus" of our era never need to be tied to masts or to block their ears with bees' wax - and may not all choices be blamed on "sirens", but may they always be guided by clear insight and a listening soul. Thank you, dear Poet, for one more splendid offer.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 4/22/2006
What can I say. Everyone has said it before me. Good work.
Reviewed by ROCK-Salt! Proctor 4/21/2006
Yes, great write Peter, they are every where today, and symbolically, the whole PORN industry is rampent, with icons on your computer every day, luring you into their trap of moral decay. Awesome stuff Art
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 4/21/2006
A great spin on a classic tale!
Reviewed by jude forese 4/21/2006
an excellent capture of a enchanting and mysterious myth ...
Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/21/2006
Peter, you choose the great myths to tell that always fascinated me, and you bring to them a new clarity that makes them even more enjoyable!And I love the art;-)You always find the good ones!Bravo!

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/21/2006

LOL As I was reading this poem, they were showing a program about tornadoes, and the sirens on the tv were going off! LOL

Wonderful write; very well done~ BRAVO!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in America, Karen Lynn in Texas. :D
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 4/21/2006
From mermaids ro sirens the myth will always be intriquing. When I lived in Germany it was Lorilei. She caused many a ship to sink while in the Rhine River. Your writings remind of those days in Europe and the mystery that is abundant anywhere near water.

Thanks Peter. Another uccessful lesson for this woman.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/21/2006

Beware of the beautiful and alluring Sirens...a powerful warning that many didn't heed, and crashed upon the rocks. An excellent write, very well penned. And anytime I hear the Sirens, I'm running for cover. 'Round these parts, they usually advertise severe weather!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Crystal Silver Angel (Reader) 4/21/2006
((Peter )) this amazing..The words seem to flow from your spirit over and over like music...I picture you just mesmerized by these terrific stories,places, my friend...I'm kinda in the mood to start writing about the star people and certian places like the Egyptians..I also thought of the Amazon today...I think mythology is fascinating, totaly.I feel they would make great books and screenplays..Excellent write as always..!!!

((((Love & Intercession,JoAnne ))))
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