an ancient feminist
an empowered woman trapped in a world of patriarchy.
From the beginning you were dismissed, resigned to be chattel.
You were ordered, pushed, directed by the males around you to latch on.
Ensnare him in a your feminine web.
You're not strong enough alone.
You're just a woman.
Why should you-
You find it all in Him:
Shock, love, strength
you are finally balanced, equal.
You are happy.
But Fate holds a bed of snakes for the forgetful and He is stolen from you.
Apollo cannot help you now, and you see only one option.
Once again a primal privilege arises,
But you must win, you must succeed.
You sneak away, so desperate to see the world, be the change, be the solution for once, you sacrifice yourself-
You are floating, falling, frightened-
All you know is-
Someone carrying you away, rushing-
You are handed back to Him- you are limp,
You are more than that.
You are the distressed princess, the fair maiden, and still the hero of your own story.
Eugène Delacroix, Hercules and Alectis