Beautiful Psyche toils and strains,
Hades-bound for a jealous mother.
After an age of useless pains,
How will she view her perfect lover?
Shriveled Arachne spins her silk,
Put in her place for eternity.
Arrogant upstarts of her ilk
Learn the truths of equality.
Prometheus gave a priceless gift –
He’ll have to pay, and heavily.
Genius gets everyone really miffed –
Ask Socrates, over hemlock tea.
Lead us and guide us, immortal ones.
Show us the light of truth divine.
Sacrifice somebody else’s sons
Cripple and blind them – but please, not mine.
Haven’t we learned our lessons well?
Almost Olympian, at our best.
Sending each other post-haste
to hell, raping and killing,
we’re truly blessed.
Mistrust and hatred and new diseases,
Chemicals, nukes, whatever pleases –
Mankind, as Sisyphus, pants and wheezes;
But Tantalus knows, the gods are teases.
— written decades back, and it shows — but I still kinda like it.