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They rocked our childhood, were the object of worship, were adored, honored, praised, until the appearance of another God. A God whose influence and message was so powerful that he made forget the escapades, bellicose and rebellious sides of this family of incestuous Olympians and in the truth so terribly moving in their imperfect perfection or perfect imperfection, in short a family not like others. Yet the Greek Gods, being by definition Gods, can not die. They are immortal, those drinkers of Ambrosia nectar. If some fell into oblivion, falling asleep gradually deprived of the strength that the prayers and the devotion of humans gave them. However, there are many humans have never abandoned old beliefs and do not think to betray the new God while continuing to pray to the formers. Looking at today’s society, we can say that in the end they are always there … just acting in a different form..
The old gods are not dead I hear Athenas war cry in the shouts of protests,fighting a war now closer to home,
I see her in the young women with picket signs,
clenched tightly in their fists.
Hera curses the names of the abusers, The ones who break families and marriages, Her voice heard in the wedding bells of young lovers .
Poseidon now resides in a beach home, Going out every night to pick of trash left by the day, Shooting daggers at the drunk men letting their bottles be swept away.
Demeter can be heard cursing the politicians refusing to believe in global warming, Names of scientists and studies on the tip of her tongue. She, along with Persephone are found teaching young children how to grow their food at the community garden.
Ares is found on the front lines of a different war, not fighting but protecting the innocent, Guiding classrooms of children away from gunfire, His shield protecting the terrified.
Apollon can be found at opens mics .Reciting his latest works. Or walking down the street in docs on his feet and a guitar on his back, He knows he’s the coolest.
Artemis is seen on the streets, Her bow and arrow have long left her, Carrying nothing more than a knife and mace, She hunts a different kind of monster now.
Hephaestus resides in a workshop at all hours of the night. Creating custom made pieces for the right price and a warm smile. The hammer making him feel invincible.
Aphrodite ’s song is heard in the breathy kisses of teenagers, She is found walking down the street, lips a blood red. Punching the men who dare disrespect her.
Hermes is seen with a smirk as he walks long well-traveled roads. Delivering the messages of those needing to be heard. Traveling, telling stories, and wearing out another pair of shoes.
Dionysus ‘s voice heard only over the pounding bass in the bar Keeping watch over young girls drinks preventing it to be spiked. Dancing, partying and living as he throws another one on his back walking her home to safety.
Hades is seen weeping over the graves of those taken much to soon. Looking to his wife for comfort
Persephone is found in the gardens beside her mother in the spring. Brushing off girl’s dirty knees and putting flower crowns on their heads.She can be seen holding onto Hades as he mourns the loss of life.
Hecate will be found running metaphysical shops, Bringing hope to powerful women wanting more, Selling potions, nobody thinks will work And collecting graveyard dirt for a new spell.
Zeus is watching over everyone. Watches Athena’s cry. Hera curse the men, he being one of them. Poseidon’s glares, Demeter’s harsh words, Ares raising his shield, Apollos singing. Artemis as she tracks a new beast, Watches Hephaestus work, Sees Aphrodite punch, Hears Hermes words, Sees Hades weep, And Persephone plant and comfort her beloved husband, And grins as Hecate keeps magic of life alive.
The old gods are not dead. They are alive. And they are watching. They wait for the madness of the men who lead them to their own destruction to just fade away. And once men have destroyed this world, which the gods have left, they will come back stronger and more powerful than ever. For they possess the true strength: that of protection and justice. And after this fight, no more man with a bad heart will tread the soil of this Earth, thus opening the way to a new era.