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Ashes Under Uricon by Mihangel

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l remember looking at the opening remarks of this story way back when, but for some reason had to put it to one side and then never picked it up again. Thank you Dude for prompting us to go back to it.

I thought there would be a previous thread with some erudite comments on the story but, alas I could not find it.

As might be expected, Mihangel gives us an engaging tale, enlightening us with historic detail and colour. If, like me, you haven’t done so before read and enjoy.  The story, however, is also something of an allegory or parable drawing attention to facets of human nature still evident today. May we learn and live accordingly.

Thank you Mihangel.


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Agreed.  Every story Mihangel wrote is heartfelt and exquisite.

Upon Reading Mihangel's Those Old Gods

The old god saw our hearts' desire:
our love, or lust, or art, or dire
deeds done; all known. We had his nod
when we believed, and showed the god
our noble aim. Our only thought,
the honesty of love. We sought
to venerate, and hoped to gain
his approval and acclaim.

But we forgot. An aeon's toll has taken
our knowledge of his ways. We live forsaken.

We are no more protected: we've left
our heritage, and thus bereft
we may no longer call for aid--
until such time as can be paid
an offering where love abounds,
and two united should be found
whose lips and hearts resound above
the name Maponus, god of love.

The sacrifice, though scant, is quite sublime.
Required, but a splash of lovers' wine.


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