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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

Inspired by the painting with the same title by Wright Barker

Wave your hand with delicate charm
In your elegant gesture so polite
Wave away menancing harm
And those fears of the night

Enchantress who turns beasts into men
At whimful fancy, your singular pleasure
And then back into beasts again
In a spiteful fit of your own idle leisure

Heeding your call across the ocean so wide
You captured the Greeks with strange potions
To lie like great cats obediently at your side
And lose all of their homeward bound notions

You cast your spell of love and desire
And held them fast as the years slipped like sand
Encaptured their hearts without love or fire
Until that one broke your heart and your ban

Submitted: November 20, 2009

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Amanda Laskin

i love this poem! it has so many intricacies and subtle nuances that are such a pleasure to read! great job!

Sat, November 21st, 2009 12:15am


Many thanks for your too kind words

Sat, November 21st, 2009 3:52am

Shea Ryhai

I liked this poem, especially the ending because up till then she seemed to be a witch that had power over everything, except true love.

Sat, November 21st, 2009 3:05pm


Thank you. That, indeed, was the lesson in the Illiad. She was a powerful enchantress, yet she could not transform mens' hearts for all time.

Sat, November 21st, 2009 7:15am

Graeme Montrose

Very nicely conceived, wonderfully written! Like it!

Fri, January 8th, 2010 7:21pm


Thank you

Sun, January 10th, 2010 3:48am


Wonderful! I think you've perfectly captured the essence of Circe in this and you wrote it so eloquently. Brilliantly done!

Mon, February 8th, 2010 2:43pm


I thank you very much! :)

Sat, July 24th, 2010 8:43am

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