Apollo and The Two Muses

Apollo and The Two Muses
By: Pompeo Batoni

Apollo and The Two Muses

The Muse cease not to inspire.
They sing paeans, by the droves.
They measure our memories.
They shield Beauty in counterpoint.
Their daughters bring us magic.
in the sound of the wind and sea.

Apollo guards our tunes
which flutter toward shelter
in the guise of the warbler.
Apollo churns harmonic overtones
on a his palladium flute.
He completes the cadence
of our imperfect days.


Written for:

Prompt: muse

Also posted on Monday Morning Writing mythology

Also posted on:

OpenLinkNight ~ Week 41

The picture is from artsunlight – Apollo and Two Muses. The Artist of the painting is  Pompeo Batoni (Italian 1708-1787) Roman school Rococo

About zongrik

For those of you who do not know the handle "zongrik," that would be Bat-Ami Gordin. Most people call me "Tammy." Bat-Ami means "daughter of my nation" in Hebrew. It's a heavy name to carry around. I answer to either name. I also answer to "mama." Some Basic Things about me: Animal lover, mom, poet/writer, dramatic soprano, photographer, teacher/tutor, CERT/Technician and, oh yeah, aerospace engineer. I consider myself "The Astro-Poet." To learn more about the origins of the word "zongrik" see whats-a-zongrik?

Posted on August 28, 2011, in Poetry, Sunday Scribblings and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 42 Comments.

  1. Classical references and mythology always interests me. This was liquid and lyrical. Lovely!

  2. Very musical. I loved the classical references. Wonderful poem.

  3. They shield Beauty in counterpoint. – lovely line. Love Classical Mythology in poetry and you’ve brought it in beautifully here

  4. Very nice! There is magic in the sound of the wind and the sea, especially today as Irene passes by! Perhaps, she is a muse!

  5. Love the auditory aspect of this. Each word seems to strike a note.

  6. Poised and poignant~ lyrical and lovely~

  7. Come on, tell me how you really feel.

  8. Lovely write and image, Bat-Ami. Thank you for sharing with us. I love all the myths surrounding the ideas of creativity. Maybe you’ve just inspired me to write mine using another culture.

  9. Beautiful with a mystical quality–fit for the gods.

  10. amazing, thanks for sharing.

  11. a lot of myths to inspire ones soul.

  12. “They measure our memories.
    They shield Beauty in counterpoint.”
    Beautiful lines. Lovely write.

  13. he completes the cadence
    of our imperfect days…nice..i like that

  14. he completes the cadence of our imperfect days….even in the chaos there is that music that flows…and the muses…

  15. what a magnificent write. Apollo completing the cadence of our imperfect days..inspiring. thank you for sharing 🙂

  16. poemsofhateandhope

    Such classic feel…love the sentiment….poetry or art…it’s infintite in its depth and ability to inspire

  17. Ahhh.. the God’s … I also love reading about them 🙂 Lovely write Tammy

  18. Love this. Amazing write. The muse is strong here. Thanks

  19. Very nice. The last stanza sings. Your muse is alive and well.

  20. always such an artsy & classic view of and/or from outer-space feel to your work… love the mythical vibe

  21. I love the mytheries revealed!

  22. A lovely poem with beautiful sound as well as content. K.

  23. They do bring us magic. Mine has been hanging close lately which is good. I miss her when she wanders.

  24. The weaving of the mythology is great. The cat is glad they are their to inspire. Although if that cloth wasn’t covering down there things may get dire..haha

  25. Wonderful use of mythology.

    Great write.

  26. They keep us up at night, too, with all that racket. (But maybe not Apollo.) I like the way you put them in the wind and sea.

  27. I was intrigued from the interesting kind of double negative in the very first line (“cease not to inspire”), right through to the admission of our imperfect, creative humanity at the end. Lovely, Tammy. Pleased to have read it. ~ j

  28. Imperfect days..I like this ~

  29. Lovely – like Joe I was intrigued by the double negative in the first line and I enjoyed the conceit of imperfect days linked to Apollo

  30. This was oddly an inspirational write from you, enjoyed my time here today.

  31. Lots of good things here. Well done again.

  32. Thank you for visiting me and leaving this link!
    It is wonderful and so lyrical! 😀

  33. Even after all this time, classical myths still give us so much inspiration…a beautiful write!

  34. You know I love this – exploring the lyric and the song. The muses dance in delight all around us, like fireflies sometimes, eluding capture. Ah but you’ve put their lightning in a bottle here and shown us true beauty!

  35. I have a particular affinity for ekphrastic poems, and this one is an apt pairing for Apollo and the two muses. I like that, whenever I see new poetry from you, you seem to be stretching the boundaries of your craft.

  36. This has the natural clarity and musicality of one of those perfectly chiseled poems from the Greeks, so symmetrical, so lovely with simple clarity.

  37. Love the classical feel of this and the depths of meaning so lyrically plumbed.

  38. Beautiful poem. I enjoyed the Greek theme and thanks for the feedback on my blog.

  39. Your telling in this was lovely.

  40. love the mythology and poetry mix – a perfect match, and your lines are sharp.

  41. quite lovely, a beatiful cadence.

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