Saturday, 6 August 2011

#7Virtues Blog Challenge: Chastity

7-14 July was a fantastically wicked week, with a new sin emerging with every creeping day. It was all Lady Antimony's fault for issuing her #7sins blog challenge.

But no matter. Like Glinda the Good or an elderly catholic priest, Our Lady Antimony is offering us the chance to redeem ourselves.

Yes, dear friends, 7 August marks the launch of the #7Virtues blog challenge. There are some great writers taking part and I encourage you to take the tour.

This time round, I've decided have a theme. My rekindled love affair with Greek Mythology and Classical Civilisations continues to flare brightly (as seen by the my earlier blog post. It will therefore be my pleasure to bring you a daily heavenly virtue encased in the 100 word long pagan body of a Greek Myth. Wheeee! And today I bring you...



CHASTITY: The Tale of Apollo and Daphne


It’s cool in the shade of the laurel. I wrap my arms around your slender trunk and close my eyes against the bright glare of the sky. Was it worth it Daphne? Rooted here, insensate, just to escape my touch. I’m the sun, my love. I could have fired your blood, made your senses blaze. Set you on fire.

I still can.

Stepping back, I press one aromatic leaf against my lips. A breeze caresses your sweet branches, stirring your as I could not. You call this chastity? I smile as you turn to ashes at my feet.


You can a quick summary of the Apollo and Daphne story at the Theoi Greek Mythology website, or by heading over to the Perseus Project and reading some of the early versions of the myth, told by authors like Parthenius or Ovid.

A Chorus of Heavenly Virtues

Now you've read mine, take the tour. Go on, improve yourself. Nibble on some bite-size goodness, it's good for the soul. You can find a delicious menu by clicking through to these virtuous creatures:

David A Ludwig, Bryce Daniels AKA Poet, Lissa Bilyk, Rebecca T. Little, Rosie Lane, Jamila Jamison, Rebecca Clare Smith, Amy Romine, The Gorm, brainhazewp, Surfing Madness, Glitterlady, JC Kitty, Zade Forrest, Emilia Quill, Kathy, Jeffrey Hollar

16 comments:

Kathy said...

A beautiful piece of writing. I love it.

And I'm also a fan of Georgette Heyer! =D

Charity Girl said...

Thank you! All Hail the Heyer! I still dream that someday someone will stumble across a locked box of books the marvellous Miss Heyer forgot to publish. Did you see the recent Guardian article about her flaming Barbara Cartland? Great stuff!

http://m.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2011/aug/02/georgette-hayer-decries-plagiarism?cat=books&type=article

Suzanne Lucero said...

This is lovely. I, too, love the Greek myths; their Roman copiers too, though not quite so much. Looking forward to reading more. :)

Jeffrey Hollar said...

Very nicely done turn on classic myth. FYI, the very first book that didn't come from the children's section of our library I got to borrow...I picked Bullfinch's Mythology. I was 8 and have loved mythology ever since.

Emilia Quill said...

I love how you breathed life into this story. I've read it, but it was only a few senteces.

Charity Girl said...

@Suzanne thank you - it has been great fun rediscovering and reinventing the stories I loved as a child. I loved Vikings too, but the Greeks win every time!

@Jeffrey I think you and I had a similar self education! Lots of inter-familial murders in Greek Myth - maybe it's secretly inspiring you still (your stories that is!) ;)

@Emilia thank you so much!

glitterword said...

Absolutely love the idea of the greek myths for this challenge! Makes me want to go through my myth book again that has all the tales of Rome and Greek myths within poems! I like the story of the spirit called echo. Great Job.

Charity Girl said...

Oh I loved echo too! Really caught my imagination when I was little - especially as you could call to her in caves and tunnels and she would answer ;)

When I was on my hols last week I met a lady called Psyche. Her parents weren't Greeks or classicists, they just liked it. I thought that was very cool until I realised all the playground names you could make out of it (Psycho)... there are limits to how much mythology you can impose on your family!

Lissa said...

I really loved this. If you know the story it's based on, it's really powerful. I guess that's the beauty of a retelling. Well done.

Antimony said...

Gorgeous, I adore Greek Mythology too - I can't wait to read the rest of your virtues :)

A x

Charity Girl said...

@lissa and @LadyA - thank you. Just popping over to read yours now!

Bryce Daniels said...

"insensate"

I love that word. It just snapped an instant photograph for me.

I hope I've told you how much I love the Sisyphus Diaries, and I do so adore the way you take us backwards in order to make us look forward.

Campbell's "Power of Myth" is one of only three tabletop books I own. I can't get enough of the myths behind and within us. Your Greek slants are SO FUN to read.

David A Ludwig said...

Awesome theme! Others have already beaten me to compliment things like the life you bring to the myth or your use of "insensate", so about all I can add is that I look forward to reading the rest in this vein.

jamilajamison said...

I adore Greek myth, and your take on the Apollo and Daphne tale is wonderful. Also, I am in love with Georgette Heyer! I've spent the summer reading as many books as I can get my hands on (I think I'm up to 8), and I adore all of her work.

Charity Girl said...

@Jamila - lucky you! That would be so cool, reading them all for the first time. I'm jealous!

Rosie Lane said...

Wow. This blew me away. Gorgeous writing.