Saturday, 26 May 2012

"Apollo," a poem by Morris Bishop

Here's a poem about the Greek myth of Phaethon that parents of teenagers would enjoy!

Apollo through the heavens rode
In glinting gold attire;
His car was bright with chrysolite,
His horses snorted fire.
His darling son was Phaethon,
Who begged to have a try.

"The chargers are ambrosia-fed
They barely brook control;
On high beware the Crab, the Bear,
The Serpent 'round the Pole;
Against the Archer and the Bull
Thy form is all unsteeled!"
But Phaethon could lay it on;
Apollo had to yield.

Out of the purple doors of dawn
Phaethon drove the horses;
They felt his hand could not command.
They left their wonted courses.
And from the chariot Phaethon
Plunged like a falling star--
And so, my boy, no, no, my boy
You cannot take the car.
--Morris Bishop

1 comment:

  1. Lines 5 and 6 are missing from the first stanza:
    "He held them to their frantic course
    Across the blazing sky."