Wednesday, June 10, 2015


Photo art ©2015  stephaniepope

      For Bruce Pennycook

Thus, in life, the most brilliant things are always next to the mass of shadows . . .
                                                                   -Charles-Joseph Natoire

He puffed his cheeks and roared
many hats left heads and soared
testing limits; collected them, oh
yes, he did; collected them
and hid

Then collected he a gal named Gale
loved her for her girlish wail
never ever would she fail
prevailing winds strive to prevail
she did

Serpent-footed, iced and aged
 rattler, everywhere caged
everywhere frozen yet enraged―
Oh, Boreas! Stride winged & staged

©2015 The Purple-Winged God stephaniepope
#lqw rattling proverbial cages everywhere
prevailing wind, many hats, testing limits


1.  Hesiod, Theogony 869 ff (trans. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C8th or 7th B.C.) 
"And from Typhoeus  come boisterous Storm-Winds (Anemoi) which blow damply, except Notos (South) and Boreas (North) and clear Zephyros (West). These are a god-sent kind, and a great blessing to men; but the others blow fitfully upon the seas."

(It is here seasonal winds are clearly distinguished from storm winds)

Pausanias, Description of Greece 5. 19. 1 
"[Amongst the scenes depicted on the chest of Kypselos dedicated at Olympia :] Boreas, who has carried off Oreithyia; instead of feet he has serpents’ tails."

3. The Aurora of Boreas or Aurora Borealis, a god-sent kind and blessing to mankind is also called "magnetic midnight">

4. For the tale of Boreas and Orithyia see Ovid's Metamorphoses Book VI pp. 675-721