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Daughter of Hecate,
I was born upon the threshold
of one year and the next:
a tiny earthen creature,
awash in a sea of stars.
Too late did I remember
Capricorn is the goat with
the tail of a fish,
and perhaps my legs were never meant
to tread upon the earth.

I've heard tell
that Saturn is the harshest master,
and will never be satisfied
by words alone.

In the beginning I was sure-footed
as the goat who glitters in stars above me,
ideas sprung full-grown from my head,
as Athena born from Zeus

Too late do I recall
that prophecy foretold,
Zeus' own creation
would surpass even him.

I'm still trying to puzzle out
whether my own creation
will surpass me, and live on,
or destroy me altogether.

Yet still I weave my words,
and endeavor to make Athena proud.

She beckons me home,
tall and stern from woven banner:
tempts me with promises of "Eureka",
and still I pray, to any who would hear me
that my living words will whisper
"non omnis moriar."
For =Sammur-amat's Written in the Stars contest.

There are a million and twelve references in this one, so let's get started discussing them, shall we?

"non omnis moriar" is Latin for "Not all of me shall die." The contest stipulated that at least one Latin phrase be included.

Eureka is Greek for "I have found it" and is the California state motto. I come from California, and am finally moving back this coming fall. Our state flag features the Goddess Minerva, whose Greek form is Athena, whose name and aspects I prefer. She is the Goddess of wisdom, battle strategy, and crafts such as weaving.

For the contest, we were instructed to write about our zodiac sign, and as you may have gleaned, mine is Capricorn. Capricorns are known for being cold, introverted and determined. In my case, (and most cases I've seen) the latter two are true and the former is just an illusion. Capricorn is ruled by the planet (and God) Saturn, who is said to be a harsh disciplinarian, which is meant to explain the Capricorn's determined nature. We are notoriously hard on ourselves. Irony, because I HATE authority figures, unless I've being authoritative towards myself, of course.

Consequently, Saturn is also Zeus' father. Zeus is the Greek God of the sky, also King of the Olympians. He heard a prophecy that he would have a child who would surpass him in power. This is believed to be Athena, who sprung full-grown from his head.

Hecate is the Greek Goddess of threshold, crossroads, life and death, life transitions and just about everything else. She is my patron Goddess. I was born December 31st.

The Capricornus constellation is the smallest of the zodiac and is very faint. It is located in an area of the sky called the Sea, and is surrounded by constellations that represent water signs, though Capricorn is an earth sign, though Capricorn is represented by a goat with the tail of a fish.

Those of you who follow my writing probably got the references to my partial leg paralysis and my unending self-doubt about the writing of my novel. For those of you who didn't get the references, well, that's what I was referring to!

Thanks for reading! :heart:
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DanikaMilles Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Great work Rain! Do not doubt yourself there are many who believe in you and in your work, and especially in your characters!

Miss seeing work by you. You are very inspiring. I love your knowledge of things as well as your kindness.

When you move to California and get settled in let me know. I would really like to meet you one day. I think it would be a nice little road trip to take in order to see you in person. That is if you do not mind me visiting you.

Until then take care and good luck! 
TheMoltenDragon Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh I love this and especially the last line Heart 
GloryAngel Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
Digging the California references *lives in the Bay Area*
SMAdams Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Student Writer
This beautiful! Stunning really. 
WintersRead Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Student Photographer
Magnificent use of Latin here.
LadyofGaerdon Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks so much! I like Latin. 
riparii Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
Beautifully done.
MetaruKitsune Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your lovely poem has been featured here >>…
LadyOfSilver Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I seriously love this. Being from Greece, I marvel at how wonderfully you have used our myths in this piece. Your free verse is so lyrical! Great job, honestly! :clap:
RiseandBe Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hi! Just wanted to let you know, this has been included in my "More Love For Favorites" feature series here:
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