Venomous pain the Algea injected

In anguish and torment my soul screamed

“Journey to dreamland” Hypnos muttered

“Drown misery in my lake of dreams”


But Dionysus countered “Visit my vines

Feast upon my sweet magical grape

Submerge anguish in the lake of wine

Dream not in languor but while awake”


Aphrodite said “I’ll bring  Helen

She can kiss your anxieties away

Frolic with her in Dionysus’ haven

While I hold Menelaus at bay”


When Thanatos arrived he whispered

“Down there anxieties have no domain

Hold tight my hands waiting is Hades

Let death vanquish distress and pain”


Rhea came last took my hand and smiled

Her turret crown beamed comfort and ease

On her laps I cuddled like a child

Then she told me  “Pain’s but a myth”


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Teacher-Writer Hardpen is my nom de plume. My real name is Massuline Antonio Dupaya Ligaya. Many times I was asked the question, "Why do you write?" I don't write for rewards nor adulation. When I write poems, stories or essays, seeing them completed gives me immense joy and satisfaction. The happiness and sense of fulfillment I feel when completing my works are my rewards. When I teach, I don't work but I play. The classroom is my playground, the students are my playmates, and the subject is our toy. Proud to be me! Proud to be a FILIPINO! TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

Posted on September 2, 2013, in Literature, Mythology, Poetry, Writing. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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