For Elpinike and Athenais

I have never been very good at talking about

what girls talk about, unless in fact other girls

talk about god, and gods, and sex. Make-up?

hairstyles? the latest gowns? I would be

at a loss. But I am no longer a girl; even

my daughter is no longer a girl, but grown

and married. So as a mother, as a woman

once married, as a girl grown to womanhood

if at times uncertain I am really an adult,

I look back across the centuries at Elpinike

and Athenais, daughters of Heroes Attikos,

and remember that they did not grow up,

get married, have children, put away childish

things, but died young, unripe, in first blossom,

and might have been forgotten, except

that their father and mother loved them.


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Writer, musician, polytheist, and friend of birds. I like science fiction, fantasy, and superheroes a lot.

2 thoughts on “For Elpinike and Athenais”

  1. This is excellent…

    One small thing: one of them (I can’t now remember which) was married and had a child, but we never hear anything else of the husband or child, which means the child also probably died. Whether this was at birth or in infancy, we cannot know. Both were teenagers, most likely, when this happened.


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