Helen and Paris

spartan queen
asking nothing for herself
but herself

of course helen fled
an unloving heart
cannot be endured

beauty is a gift
that a husband must keep chained
no matter the tears

a thousand ships launched?
sails filled with whispers of gold
of blood of virgins

and what if paris
had sailed away from true love –
would we forgive him?

or what if paris
adjudged hera the fairest
would we honour him?

no doubt athena
would have been the wisest choice
love is a folly

let us be honest
we crave the passion unleashed
by mortal contest

About Frank

A Sci-Fi & Fantasy author and lyrical poet with a mild obsession for vampires, succubi, goddesses and Supergirl.
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10 Responses to Helen and Paris

  1. BroadBlogs says:

    Damned patriarchy! 🙂

  2. Kind of the reminds me of some of the scenes in the 2004 film, “Troy”. Sometimes I got the impression Helen blamed herself for the war, and the death of Hector.

    • Frank says:

      It’s a long time since I watched that. I guess it would be natural for Helen to blame herself, and indeed for many people of the time to blame her. But I have to ask: what could make Helen leave homeland, birthright, divine responsibilities and even her child? Could it really have been a romantic impulse to be with a young, foreign prince? More likely she was abducted against her will, or was escaping a life made wretched by an abusive husband, or was driven to an irrational passion by Aphrodite – and if it was any of these we can hardly blame Helen for leaving.

  3. Love the poem. I’ve always been fascinated with Helen and Paris’ story.

    • Frank says:

      I may have mentioned this before, but the character of the Dancer in my novel Kings of Infinite Space is called Bas’Lillene, a name that is a contraction of Bast, Lilith and Helen(e). There was a whole weird backstory to that before she evolved into an altogether more remarkable creation.

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