2 Submissions to Hebe’s Agon

2 separate poems for Hebe, Goddess of Youth, daughter of Hera and Zeus, wife of Herakles and cupbearer of the Gods. And, as is typical for me, I just BARELY skated in under the deadline by a few days …..

Gangleri's Grove

To Hêbê
By Amanda Artemisia Forrester

Hêbê, Attendant of laughter-loving Aphrodite,
I pray that you will fill my home
With the grace that You so easily embody
As gentle as the welcome breeze on a summer’s day

Hêbê, Protectress of Young Brides
Whose hammering hearts are flying high in fear as much as love
You are the guide over the threshold, from virgin to woman, from single to family
And as such, a Psychopomp of sorts, though I doubt You have often been hailed as such!

Hêbê, wife of Herakles, that mightiest of Heroes,
You must have an iron core not often spoken of by the ancient poets
To be a fitting match for the Slayer of Monsters.
Daughter of Hera, Cupbearer of the Gods, today I pour some wine out for You.

Empty Worship
By Amanda Artemisa Forrester

Hêbê, sweet Goddess of fleeting Youth
You are arguably the God…

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