Addend 15—Urban Tyranny & Incest
In an age where the mindset of humanism makes an Atheist as common as once was a Theist, the immortality of the Mind becomes a Revolutionary theory of the utmost daring, mind you, not of young minds, but old men.
and Corinth was to initiate me as its full citizen,
a witch, a Ra-Zhanna, a daughter of the Sun, visited me,
We sat under an old oak,
its branches heavy with acorns.
She laid upon the grass a white linen sheet
and we waited for a finch to alight on a branch.
When it did, the witch hit the branch so hard,
the acorns fell out of their cups.
She read the lay of the seeds and predicted
that I would kill my father
and a fearing death
if I leave
destroyed the child-eating Sphinx,
burn its temple, blind its priest,
cut down the sacred grove,
and accepted the throne in
from its grateful people.
Instead, I sought out the truth,
this was plain and simple enough:
I had earned the curse, because
my mother, Ra-Zhanna, Queen of Thebes,
had refused to offer me as a sacrifice
to the Gods of
hid me away with her sister,
who had married King Polybus of
where such sacrifices had been discontinued.
spoke with my father, Adam Cadmonovich,
and offered myself as a sacrifice,
for which the Gods as proscribed by old rituals,
promised to repay me with four times descendants
and played flutes and maidens fluttered their handkerchiefs
or hands fluffed with goose down
from every city alley,
and when I saw one desirable and went to her,
she covered me with kisses and pulled me off
to dig the cloth or feathers under the sod
of her maize garden.
of the most beautiful maidens of
for me to have my way with.
The maidens would pull me off until
one last time, they would pull from me also my heart.
the way it pleasured me.
There was enough coke left
For me to ascent the steps of