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The Plunge Of Prometheus* The Plunge Of Prometheus*
by David Sparenberg
2020-01-12 11:52:23
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In an instant—fire! The fire surged unto eternity. Elementals perished amid flaming trees. The Keepers of Animals were consumed with the animals they could no longer protect. Insects with torched antennae and wingless butterflies stumbled, crumpled and died before tongues and mouths of voracious heat.

prome001_400Even angels, with fiery wings resembling butterflies and feathered doves and dreams, felt terror and fled to the blackholes of oblivion in search of shelter. None but the Master of Fire remained to inherit absence and recolonize the burnt and lifeless land.

What too of the sea, not surging but sweating against the scorched rocks of shore? And what of God, dry-eyed in Heaven, who covered nostrils, lips and eyes, and torn his heart in half between titanic outrage and inconsolable pity?

Only the Master of Fire remained, turning his back on all questions as he leaned on the skeleton of his hoe and gazed at the blackened Earth with mirroring eyes and a slack jaw.

*According to Greek mythology it was the Titan Prometheus (his name meaning Forethought) who stole fire from the gods out of pity for humankind, but who was punished for this by Olympian Zeus. Prometheus is included in the title to add an archetypal or gestalt dimension to the condition depicted, suggesting that the sum of the tragedy is greater than the total of its parts.

 

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Check David Sparenberg's NEW BOOK
The Fate Of The Poets - Selected poems 1974-2019
is online now and you can download for FREE HERE!

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Also Check David Sparenberg's THE GREEN TROUBADOUR
A Source Book of Performance Ecosophy
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David Sparenberg has also 2 more Books in the Ovi Bookshelves,
"Life in the Age of Extinctions volume 2 – Threshold"
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