Heaven ?

Angering the gods
They plotted his punishment
How shall we teach him
How shall we show him
To never again
Strive
For beauty
For love
For happiness ?

They took his father
He was fatherless
He was sad
But he was strong

They took his sister
Such a painful death
she suffered
He was sisterless
He was very sad
But he was strong

They took his work
It was his life
Humiliating him after decades
decades of service to his people
He was sad
But he was strong

They sent him
to a foreign place
ξένος
A stranger
He was sad
But he was strong

Then
an idea
Admitted to heaven
he saw joy
he loved
he knew happiness
he opened his heart
he placed his heart into the hands
of this love
who brought him such happiness
light
joy

While his eyes were turned to this love
Reveling in new-found joy
He was cast out of heaven

His love
Gone
His joy
Gone
His happiness
Gone
His light
gone

His heart
Left on an abandoned path
Shattered

Strength gone
Overwhelmed with grief
Lost
Alone, surrounded, but alone
At sea struggling to stay afloat
you-less
us-less

Smiling
They knew
They’d won

2013

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