A few posts back I featured an Enya song called Flora’s Secret and one of the lines in the song mentions ‘the one the moon loves’. This, according to Enya herself, refers to the story of Endymion and Selene from Roman mythology. Endymion (pronounced En-dim-ion) was, depending on which story you read, either a king, a shepherd, a hunter or an astronomer or maybe even a mix of the four. It was whilst studying the stars that he fell in love with Selene, the moon. Selene was so taken by Endymion that she asked his father, Zeus, to keep him in an eternal state of youth. Zeus granted her wish and cast his son asleep forever. There are variations to the story but overall the theme is the same.

Endymion is represented by the Bluebell and one of the synonyms for this flower is Endymion non-scriptum. The Blubell is associated with sleep. This is why there is mention of it in Flora’s Secret, Flora being the Roman goddess of flowers.

Anyway, I went to visit my aunty in the care home where she is housed a few months back. She was having her tea, so I sat in the quiet lounge and waited. Flora’s Secret was in my head constantly at that time and so, as I’d happened to have pen and paper with me, I started to write a poem about Endymion. I finished it off at home after a little research on the myth and the result is below.

Endymion and Selene

The days of springtime
When Rome adored her
Beneath a sky of daylight blue
Scattered in fields
The song of Flora
The joy of her love in bloom

Where grew her flowers
In midnight hue
Endymion stood in starlit gaze
Therein that sky of nighttime blue
Gazed back Selene
Her silver heart ablaze

In his youth
In his beauty
Without compare
When the leaves whispered her name
He slept ‘midst blubells in meadow fair
Slept ’til dimmed the daylight flame

Never before
Never after
Was his heart so taken that eve
And evermore
Forever after
To the moon, his heart, bequeathed

Well, there you go you lucky people! Poetry for free 🙂

I’m outta here,

Jimbob