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January 2008

          Pirene's Fountain
   A Journal of Poetry


From the lore of Greek myths:

The God Poseidon loved naiad nymph Pirene, who bore him two sons. She was grief-stricken when one of her sons was accidentally killed. She literally dissolved in tears and turned into a fountain outside the gates of Corinth. It was said the essence of a naiad was tied to her spring; if a stream dried up, the naiad could no longer exist, as is often the case with inspiration and poetry.

Pirene’s fountain was one of three celebrated springs associated with Pegasus, the white-winged horse, also a symbol of creative inspiration and poetry. The Goddess Athena tamed Pegasus and gave him to the Muses at Mount Parnassus. Pirene’s spring was sacred to the Muses, who drank of the waters for fresh inspiration.

At Pirene’s Fountain, it is our hope that we can share of each other’s knowledge, and in the spirit of Ancora Imparo –“ I am still learning,” open our hearts and minds to inspiration.

…From a spring in hidden grottoes, seeping from mossy rocks
Where a goddess pours live water from a pitcher,
At clear streams in the meadow where rills murmur underground…
…While your endless flowing carries us on and on;
And neither is nor was. The moment only, eternal.

From Rivers by Czeslaw Milosz (Berkeley, 1980)


Shadows stream in mossy garlands-
Lavender, purple flowers dance
to the sounds of serene fountain;
mournful dirges in the waters flow
and swallow gurgling eddies.
Gliding just under clear surface
from the fragile reeds she rises,
dripping naiad’s copious tears.

Shallows cradle undulations-
Cloud-white Pegasus, unfurls
his shimmering wings, as
light silvers tear-drops to dreams.
Her spirit lingers as she pours
cooling falls from earthen hydria;
inspiration whispers and roars
in sacred springs of Pirene.


Ami Kaye: November 2007