Godson

The Titans’ big mistake, Apollo thought,
was children quite as powerful as they.
When you let such things happen, the dark day
of being overthrown will come. He fought

in those long wars and won. Never again.
He only slept with mortal girls. The odds
strongly against their children being gods.
Perhaps a water nymph or two. In vain

Calliope’s vague pass. He liked her son
and sometimes almost wished the boy was his,
could live forever. Sorrowed that he’d miss
his music after some short years. No one

could sing like that. Was happy to be wrong.
Orpheus’ death was just the start of song.

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About rozkaveney

Middleaged, trans, novelist, poet, activist
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4 Responses to

  1. anef says:

    An interesting take on Apollo. Sorry to be picky but I think you need the apostrophe after the s in Titans.

  2. coth says:

    Nice. And particularly after a holiday spent reading Sandman.

  3. crowleycrow says:

    Wonderful last line, the whole thing almost Audenesque, very nicely done, and a topic you don;t hear much about. I frankly like it better than the one about Orpheus in hell losing Eurydice. Of course that’s the tougher (toughest?) challenge.

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