Once for Halloween I dressed up as Athena The Greek goddess My favorite Greek goddess And it was a decent costume Your standard iParty fare Paired with an elaborate hairdo and some 50 cent earrings And I knew I was only a cheap imitation Nothing close to the real thing For no one would ever build me a temple Burn cattle in my name Put on white robes and fall to their knees For me No, not for me But for Athena Oh, how they fell! How the ancient Greeks worshipped her very name Gave her their capital city And dedicated the most powerful force to her Wisdom That force which drove the philosophers The very energy That sustained Socrates And Plato And Aristotle And all those dead guys we read about in class
I was in a class Reading the words those dead guys collected In their moments of clarity But all I could think about All I really wanted Was to throw on a white robe And fall to my knees at the Parthenon Begging for wisdom, wisdom Please, Athena, some wisdom! I don't care if it's heresy I don't care if you're a myth nowadays Because you once reigned You once stood on Mount Olympus In all your ancient power And watched your people crying out wisdom, Athena, wisdom! Please!
I wish I could have been there I wish I could have seen The day the goddess cracked open Zeus's skull And was born Fully armed Ready for her battle Not the fight for wisdom, no The fight she faced was undying The war she would lead Would ripple through the ages Taking all civilizations And tearing at their social order For it was the men she was fighting The disbelieving fools who put her *** down Taking all women's wisdom And deeming it inferior Substandard Not good enough So Athena blazed in glory And for her, men believed Believed in their mothers and wives and daughters Saw in that enthroned goddess The sparks that fueled women's minds
Yes, I wish I'd been there I wish I could have kissed her sword And asked her to stick around To blaze her way to the twenty-first century And make these guys tremble, too Instead I look around my 80% male college of engineering And wonder why I need to prove my worth Simply because I have a second x chromosome I wish that I could blaze in glory And dazzle them all the same That my Halloween costume could be enough to fool them That they would turn their toga-party bedsheets Into white robes And fall to their knees Gasping, "Wisdom, wisdom!" And that, for one moment I could be their goddess