Flower Hercules

in the midst of a shaded Venn union

dwell the aristocracy of man

Ayn Rand – Gandhi – Newton

Egill Skallagrímsson – killer and healer

finest of the Scandinavian poets

reminiscent of Odin

(god of both poetry and war)

Ragnar Lodbrok claimed his heir

and subordinate to he

a Viking labeled ‘child-lover’

as he’d not lob infants into the air

and skewer them upon his sword―

for to conceive of genuine bodhi

one talon must grasp an olive branch

while the other clutches weapons

and upon the Niranjana

Aphrodite draws north and west―

toward the Field of Mars

art – genius – meden agan

incompatible of black and white

coalesced in Minerva’s grey eyes

through seen is a world willow-supple

by antithetical manner of oak



Contributor’s Notes: David R. Cravens received his undergraduate degree in philosophy at the University of Missouri and his master’s degree in English literature from Southeast Missouri State University. He was the recipient of the 2008 Saint Petersburg Review Prize in Poetry, the 2011 Bedford Poetry Prize, and was a finalist for Ohio State University’s The Journal William Allen Creative Nonfiction Contest. His work has also appeared inOntologica: A Journal of Art and ThoughtEarthSpeak MagazineThe Houston Literary ReviewAlbatross Poetry JournalThe Monarch ReviewThe Interpreter’s House,Willows Wept Review, The New Writer MagazinePoetic DiversityRed River Review, and is forthcoming in War, Literature & the Arts. He teaches composition and literature at Mineral Area College.