#NaPoWriMo 2017 April 19 – Myth creation

Day #19 – Myth creation

On the first sabbath of each month
I satisfy my civic obligation to the Novus Ordo
by serving as a tour guide & worship leader
at the national secular temple

I charm organized groups of tourists
and the occasional onlooker with tales
about Minerva, our goddess of learning &
defender of civilization, and I show them
the proper way to worship at her shrine.

(Of course, this Roman Minerva is really
a Greek Athena – her spirit animal gives
the secret away – but we, the initiates,
all wink & nod & go along with the deception.)

Inside the temple, the paintings
& the sculpture & the architecture
all fit together harmoniously, integrated
seamlessly with the worship performance
we lead, into a total work of art that inspires

and instructs, gently extracting energy
from sightseers who congregate outside
the entrance gate, the same energy that floods
the inner sanctum to feed the hidden beast.

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Author: Raymond Maxwell

https://raymmaxx.wordpress.com/ Librarian, retired foreign service manager and former naval officer. Strong interests in information architecture, instructional design, critical pedagogy, taxonomies and metadata management, information governance, and cultural heritage preservation.

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