He was afraid of her femininity.
He had never met a woman who was beautifully satisfied with being a woman.

The power was hers alone. She was gentle and quiet. It was in her subtle acts, and kind words. It was in her dreamer’s gaze and the intensity of her eyes; her impartial attention, intricate observations, and an understanding he could not bare. She had it all, brought it all and gave it all. She left his mind unwound, heart full and body rejuvenated. An antedote ran through her veins and into his soul, ridding him of the poisons of past loves. And as he held her for a brief moment, he believed it all belonged to him.
But he was a simple minded man and so, he let it all slip away. She became, in a impulsive moment, a passing spring breeze full of floral scents and promise of life but never to be grasped with his hands.


R. A. Douglas

March 21, 2015.


  1. First of all thank you for visiting my blog and liking “Desdemona in the Playground” πŸ™‚ I hope you will find the time to read more. Looking into your blog, I was immediately drawn to this lovely peice as I am struggling with my own Hera poem, though I have made a rod for my own back by writing a double poem Hera/Cles, about her relationship with the hero. She is a slippery character for one so apparently straigh-forward and matronly. What drew you to her if I may ask?

    1. Hera, in Greek mythology, her character was appealing to me. I find that women can be powerful and inspiring whilst remaining feminine (introspectively and intelligently), contrary to popular belief that we have to change our natural inclinations and perspectives entirely to be relevant in our competitive society. Gentle in nature is sometimes the most powerful trait, when accompanied by nonconformity.

      1. But Hera could also be murderous and vengeful. It’s also interesting that (although there is of course parent Gods involved) she is always middle-aged. Thank you for your swift response by the way!

      2. Pre Zeus of course … unfortunately men more often than not bring out the worst in women. And I think her reaction was fair, considering Zeus was a womanizing pig. LoL

      3. She was queen of the heavens before Zeus, and protector of women. There are different descriptions of her, most a strong and not fragile personality. I read a few before writing this one, and particularly liked the ones describing her before marrying Zeus, and why he fell for her. Nevertheless, it’s mythology and I’m sure I’m biased about the ones that appealed to me given that I’m not a fan of Zeus, or any male chauvinistic, womanizing characters. I thought it powerful that she was beautiful, refused to marry him (and had to be tricked into marrying him), the softness in her that told the bird how she loved her, and again, protector of women.

        I had delete the other comments as they didn’t make sense. But you should read them. You may have a different perspective. πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ
        To me Hera is Girl-power.

      4. She was a daughter of Cronus, and he ate her as he did all his children to prevent them usurping him. It was only Zeus he missed because Rhea, their mother, tricked Cronus into eating a stone instead. It was only after Zeus had overthrown Cronus that he made him regurgitate the other children, including Hera, so she couldn’t have been Queen of Heaven before him. I know the marriage trick story but it’s about the protection of animals, very important in an essentially rural society. The concept of her being a left-over from a matriachal society is long-lived (I read Robert Graves “The White Goddess” many years ago) but sadly unproven by many years of diligent research.

        I didn’t understand you when you said you had deleted comments but I should read them?

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