Galina over at Gangleri’s Grove is also running an agon, this one for Ares. Every one who submits gets a prayer card. There is literally no downside to submitting! And Ares is a God Who gets so little attention, please consider trying your hand at something for Him. I’m linking to my poetry submission. Enjoy.
by Amanda Forrester
Ares, the blood-stained Battle-Lord, throws Himself laughing into the fray,
Wherever the fighting is thickest
There the son of Zeus and Hera will be.
Great Ares, once I would have prayed for You to put down Your sword
And join laughter-loving Aphrodite on the couch of love.
Today I have a different prayer, O Lord of soldiers.
I am older now, and less idealistic than I was in my youth
I see the rot at the core of society now
And I pray for the strength to fight it.
You are the inciter of revolution
And the defender of the old order, all at once.
I pray for discernment, that I may see what is worth preserving,
And what needs destroying.
That I can tell when to speak
And when to hold my tongue.
Ares, Lord of Hosts,
With my Lady Athena
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