To Hephaistos

Amanda Aremisia Forrester

I sing of Hephaistos, the sooty God,

Who with Athena is the patron of artisans.

On lame feet He toils in His forge

The ugly God creating beauty

And refinement from hard ore.

God of technology and innovation

Nimble-fingered One, creator of fine jewels

Invincible weapons, Impenetrable armor

And women of metal.

Volcanoes His fiery forges

Gentle God of Lemnos.

Poor Hephaistos, the hard worker

Cuckolded by His wife, the lovely Aphrodite!

May He be happier with His second wife,

The youngest Kharita, fair Alete.


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