Twice-Born

The God caught Himself in the mirror and stood in awe

Absorbed, never thinking

That behind Him stalked His killers

 

Torn limb from limb

Body boiled, limbs roasted

 

The wine stained eyes fell from His mirror

Rolled up to His Father, whose wrath blazed

The furious bolt crashed

 

Dead fell the feasters

Dead fell the God-hungry

Living fell the beating heart of Lenaeus

 

Taken up by Athena it was blessed with knowing

Taken up by Demeter it was blessed with vitality

Taken up by Rhea it was blessed with purification

Taken up by Zeus it was blessed with power

Devoured by Semele, Dimetor came forth

 

The ivy-haired God shone forth

Twice-born of Semele learned again

To crawl, to step, to walk, to dance, to sing, to rave, to fight

 

He took up His gifts and power in glory

His sword felled every foe before Him

His thyrsus struck frenzy into His followers

His grapes crossed the world and brought wine to all peoples

His wine poured and dythrambic verse fell in power from His mouth

His ivy marked His paths and ways for worshipers and pilgrims

To follow Him where He would lead

 

O Zagreus Dimetor, O Reborn One! You show us the Ways!

O Isodaetes, You give free that we may give!

O Mighty Dragon, Your jaws have torn the foe!

Io Dionysos!

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  1. July 8, 2018 at 2:31 am

    Excellent work here! I love the series of Goddesses in the middle…that really adds a lot to this myth.

  2. July 9, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    This brought tears to my eyes and made my breath catch in my throat.

    Would it be alright to use in my private prayer book?

    • July 9, 2018 at 3:42 pm

      Absolutely! I am honored you would do that with this prayer!

  3. July 9, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    Interesting….Thrice Born/Thrice Burned, the story of Gullveig. I must follow this thread….

  4. July 29, 2018 at 1:45 am

    BEAUTIFUL. This is a very evocative prayer! Truly Dionysian, I love it.

  1. July 10, 2018 at 7:20 am

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