I lift my voice to praise Poseidon of the Swaddling
In Your youth, my Lord, You knew rejection.
Brought forth into this world that had need of You,
then whisked away into hiding, to be raised safe from Your father’s reach.
They wrapped you in swaddling, soft as the wool of the lambs You called
Brothers and sisters,
Whose bleats drowned out Your own cries, as the crashing of the surf drowns the cry of the widowed.
Did they love You, those who took you in, those who guarded You in Your infancy?
Did they soothe Your fears and ease you heart?
Did You know security and love,
Or did the fear of discovery drive them toward cruelty and harshness?
Did they resent Your presence and the work You brought to their lives?
Did You remember Your mother, and Her desire to see to Your safety, despite the cost to Herself?
Did You remember Your father, and His desire to sate His own hunger and to bury His own fears?
Or did You grow up content with those You called kin?
Did You know happiness, my God?
Extend Your blessings to those children, Poseidon,
trapped in torment they cannot escape.
Guard those tender hearts and fragile bodies from the abuse heaped on them,
Protect them when there is no one else to offer them sanctuary
Watch out for them, Kind Poseidon.
Help them, that they may one day know love.
Help them, that they may one day escape and survive.
Help them, that they may one day heal.
You, who have walked where they now walk
Show them their potential, I pray of You, and hold them safe.
Let Your arms, Mighty Poseidon, hold them as safe and as gentle
as the swaddling that once protected You.
Cocoon them with Your great strength, and Your great love.
Be with them, when they have no one else.
Two things are going on right now. First: TPWard has inspired me to focus a bit more (than ever at all?) on writing hymns for Poseidon. Second: I’m working on Poseidon: a Narrative with Poseidon, which is not meant to be the definitive autobiography but rather an autobiography. It’s a bit life-saga and a bit exploring this God and His stories in an intimate setting. Approaching this with the idea of hymns on my mind, I’m feeling drawn to write prayers honoring the ways in which I understand this God, and maybe not so much with an eye toward historical cult titles. (Nothing wrong with that, though, and I’ll likely touch upon some of those, too.) Each story in the book is going to have an accompanying prayer, and I’ll be sharing those as I write them.
If you haven’t checked out TPWard’s recent writings for Poseidon, what are you waiting for? Go! Now! And while I’m promoting other people’s work, please note that Rebecca Buchanan has opened up submissions for Neo Alexandria‘s forthcoming devotional From the Roaring Deep. From their CFS:
Bibliotheca Alexandrina is seeking submissions for a new anthology, From the Roaring Deep: A Devotional in Honor of Poseidon and the Spirits of the Sea. Submissions will open 1 November 2014 and close 1 April 2015, with an expected release date of Summer 2015. This anthology is being edited by Rebecca Buchanan.
We are interested in a variety of material for this anthology. Examples include, but are not limited to: prayers, rituals, hymns, essays, journey/trancework, visual artwork, recipes, music, short stories, and plays.
Areas worth exploring include: Poseidon’s cult, both ancient and reconstructed; compare/contrast the Greek Poseidon and the Roman Neptunus; explore the relationships between Poseidon and Amphitrite, Poseidon and Zeus, Poseidon and Demeter, Poseidon and Athena, Poseidon and Nerites; analyses of Poseidon in myth and poetry, notably the Odyssey; representations of Poseidon and his extended family in popular culture and artwork; exploration of syncretic practices; analysis of Poseidon’s symbols and animals, such as the horse, pegasus, trident, and so on.
Additionally, we are interested in pieces which look at the entire extended pantheon of Greek sea Deities and spirits, such as Amphitrite, Triton, Benthesikyme, Rhode, Oceanus/Okeanos, Nereus, Doris, Eurynome, the Oceanids, the Nereids, Leucothea, Pontus, and Thalassa, among others. [Please note that pieces on Aphrodite are also of interest, provided that they focus on Her oceanic aspects.] Click on the link above to read more about this project!