To fulfil the task of describing the gods he sees, Ganymede turns to the writer in him

by Christos Polydorou

Describe Olympus?
Describe Zeus?

Describe Maia…
(Reading up on Zeus,
particularly his story arc

with Maia: Zeus
is a bit of a dick. He
rapes her

in her sleep for
her to conceive
Hermes. Was his

self esteem
with women
so low? I

mean
he was
a
god.)

Describe Leto…
(Zeus
is more
romantic

here: he
sees Leto’s
inner beauty
and falls

in love
with her
and her
epithets.)

Describe Dione…
(Old.
Ancient.
Fell off a dinosaur.

Zeus
loved
her

centuries
ago.
How long does

a century
feel long,
anyway?)

Describe Metis…
(Zeus’ first…
an embodiment
of wisdom…

a mount
-ain
now, Zeus

was terrified
of her
power)

Describe Hera…
(Pomegranate
bearer…
Jealous
bitch…
Vicious,
vengeful,
a threat)

Describe Zeus…
(Ganymede is mesmerised
by such masculine beauty
in a god, with his, long
beard, his bare, great
chest, his rolling muscles,
from forehead to toes,
Ganymede knows
he will
never sow
Zeus’ seeds
like his wives
but Zeus
loves
him…

the way

Zeus

makes

love

to Ganymede proves to Ganymede that Zeus loves him.
How can he compare this love against the love Zeus
had had for any of his wives? You cannot catch love

in an amphora, and so
Ganymede
must trust.

Describe Olympus…
that comes next.

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