October 19, 2022

OCT 19, mythed opportunities: Leda and the swan


Wily Zeus, from Olympus, espied

Leggy Leda, King T.'s trophy bride.

He, disguised as a swan;

She, beguiled thereupon,

Later laid two eggs, took that in stride.

When she strayed, things got laid — cut and dried.

Dr G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio, 2022

Authors' Note: King T. refers to Sparta's King Tyndareus, husband of Leda. These characters in the story of "Leda and the Swan" were presumably mortal. However, relevant accounts, as depicted in literature and representative art, vary as to the mortal status of the couple's famous offspring (the twins Helen and Clytemnestra, and Castor and Pollux were hatched as human babies from the oversized eggs.)

"Leda and the Swan"
a subtle rendition with the swan at her feet,
see the posting "Greenhouse"

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