Morae

Morae

A Poem by Alicia Hirshey
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Weavers of fate
Destiny cannot retrace
Steps that you
Were meant to take
Falling in last
A fling from the past
Painted in the line
The threads do shine
Brilliant in the light
Ending this mortals time
~*~
Weaving the threads
That hold you at birth
Bringing you life
Into this world
Dark and dreadful
Is the task
Nobody gives
It's credit  lacked
As long as  woven

Man kind shall be more

~*~
Written in the stars
yet written you see
Your future is held
 Your destiny isn't free
They who created
Who you hoped to be
Gave you good
Or evil
Pick who to be
Challenge will rise
 Know it by heart
Placed here
Show Them you have heart.
~*~
Cold and relentless
Is her heart
Never caring
Her shears are sharp
Abhorred they say
One little snip
And it will soon end
She holds the key
The key to your heart
She is the one
Who you've dreaded
From the start.
~*~
Weavers of fate
Destiny cannot retrace
Steps that you
Were meant to take
Falling in last
A fling from the past
Painted in the line
The threads do shine
Brilliant in the light
Ending this mortals time

© 2011 Alicia Hirshey


Author's Note

Alicia Hirshey
"The prospect of traveling back to this delightful state of things is held out by nearly every writer who touches upon classical mythology, above all by the poets." -Edith Hamilton

In Loom Cletho (female), Lachesis (female) and Atropos (male) are the names of the three elder weavers, who control the great loom. The three names: Cletho, Lachesis and Atropos are however all borrowed from greek mythology. There they are the names of the three goddesses who determin the length of a life, the fate of a life and when a thread should be cut and thus a life ended. The greek name Cletho (from klwqw) means "Spinner" and she is the one spinning the thread. The greek name Lachesis (from lagcanw) means "Disposer of lot" and she assigns each thread its destiny. The greek name Atropos (from atropoj) means in this connection "unchangeable or relentless" and she cuts the threads in two when the time to end a life has come.

Sometimes these three moirai (Fates) are portraited as spinners of thread, but other times as spinners and weavers. When that is the case Cletho spins the thread, Lachesis weaves the thread into a piece of cloth whose pattern determins the threads destiny and Atropos tears the cloth asunder when life is to be ended.

Cletho, Lachesis and Atropos appear in many greek and latin texts, but the greek author Hesiodos is among the first to tell us about them in his grand work "The Theogony". The following excerpt is from his text and concerns Cletho, Lachesis and Atropos:

Line 211-225
"And Night bare hateful Doom and black Fate and
Death, and she bare Sleep and the tribe of Dreams. And again the
goddess murky Night, though she lay with none, bare Blame and
painful Woe, and the Hesperides who guard the rich, golden apples
and the trees bearing fruit beyond glorious Ocean. Also she bare
the Destinies and ruthless avenging Fates, Clotho and Lachesis
and Atropos, who give men at their birth both evil and good
to have, and they pursue the transgressions of men and of gods:
and these goddesses never cease from their dread anger until they
punish the sinner with a sore penalty. Also deadly Night bare
Nemesis to afflict mortal men, and after her,
Deceit and Friendship and hateful Age and hard-hearted Strife."

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:) nice. Well written.

Posted 12 Years Ago


Beautifully written, though I sometimes curse at the fates. Lol

Posted 13 Years Ago


a beautiful interpretation through a poem! i love the way you constraucted a story out of it all!
beautiful!^^

Posted 13 Years Ago


i am in love with this. it's so beautiful, and the words just float..

'Written in the stars
yet written you see
Your future is held
Your destiny isn't free'

favorite line.
beautiful.

Posted 13 Years Ago


I loved this.. My mind was still wondering as the poem closed and ended. The author's note explains alot and I think you for including this in with the poem :P Thank you for the read request.(:

Posted 13 Years Ago


This was a beautiful tapestry of imagery. I love the many paths of time you laid out before us. This was like a trip to the fourth dimension. Amazing well thought out work.

Posted 13 Years Ago


I love how you ride the line of storytelling and poetry because its something I find you do quite well. You paint beautiful images and condense them without actually losing your footing. You leave the reader's mind swollen and full of eloquent syntax. Good write.

Posted 13 Years Ago


A very well constructed and designed poem, I love it. Especially helps that I am into greek mythology, so the legend isn't unknown to me. Well done, ;)

Posted 13 Years Ago


Really & intriguing poem..

Posted 13 Years Ago


Wow I really enjoyed this as well as the history behind the write. Well done.

Posted 13 Years Ago


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