Ios

Ios*

Ios

checking in
for aeons
here,
the early*
one,
saying
her looks
are
ageless
doesn’t
even touch
it,
first
shy at the
dark counter
until she
smiles,
we put
her up
in the sea
and sky
suite
and she
tells us in
lingering how
she loves to
watch
the stars
die down
as she draws
the muslin
round her
and sleeps
atop
the day,
in what club
she spent
the night
we never
ask,
she
hums
to
herself
a glimmer
on her
lips,
remembering
the dance floor
a world away
where
the boys
the girls
she gives
the glad eye
will know
her as
celestial

riverside
march 2020

*More usually anglicised as ‘Eos’ from the Attic Greek, in Homeric Greek Ἠώς ‘Ios’, the goddess of dawn in Greek mythology.

From Wikipedia:
‘Eos fell in love several times. According to Pseudo-Apollodorus, it was the jealous Aphrodite who cursed her to be perpetually in love and have an insatiable sexual desire because once had Eos lain with Aphrodite’s sweetheart Ares, the god of war. This caused her to abduct a number of handsome young men…’

*Another Homeric epithet for the dawn, Ἠριγένεια (Iriyenia), the early born.

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Acknowledgements to Keith Jarrett for use of his ‘In a Quiet Place’ in this recording

 

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