Zeus always introduces himself   
As one who needs stitching   
Back together with kisses.   
Like a rock star in leather

& sapphires—conflagration
& a trick of silk falling
Between lost chances & never   
Again. His disguises are almost

Mathematical, as Io & Europa   
Pass from their dreams into his.   
This lord of storm clouds
Is also a sun god crooning desire

& dalliance in a garden of nymphs.
Some days, he loves gloxinia,
& others, craves garlic blooms—
Hera, Aegina, & Callisto in the same song.

Yusef Komunyakaa, “Infidelity” from Talking Dirty to the Gods. Copyright © 2000 by Yusef Komunyakaa. Used by permission of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, LLC, All rights reserved.
Source: Talking Dirty to the Gods (Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2000)
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