The Logos of Hera
Never a more distasteful wifely duty
than to amuse the friend of your Husband
And when that friend has done your Husband favors
The repayment is not of your choosing.
For when Paris did judge, he demanded to see all
He had been granted power over the gods for but a single hour
And he chose to humiliate and exercise that power
He chose to strip bare the Gods, and witness our glory.
For it is not often remembered that three goddesses spoke to Paris.
Each of us had the chance to guide him, to give him purpose.
And for my part, I told Paris nothing but the truth.
I told him of the glory that could belong to him and his daughters.
Helen, the Great Queen. Helen, the Mother of Civilization,
and Paris, her consort. Paris, the father of her daughters.
One of many, I warned him. For it is only a foolish man who cannot accept
that a beautiful and strong woman's heart can beat for more than one.
Tribute would flow, and Troy would have risen
With Sparta by her side, a partner in the great host.
The seas nearly choked with schools of ships,
All crying the name of Helen, our great and merciful Queen.
And at that glory, Paris wept tears of rage.
He begged me to reconsider, pleaded with me to make him a smaller king
but A king of his own land, and his own people.
He abased himself and wept that his brother would be the True inheritor of his line.
Paris had been offered the great temple of the earth,
To be one of its caretakers, one of its guardians, and one of its true heroes
Instead, he chose to loot the first statue from its alcove,
and claim that it was his just reward for following orders.
And so he sat in his sty, convinced of his glory,
as he hid the light of the world within a city wall
And when the world asked for its return he instead killed
to preserve his squalid place in the stories of the poets.
The Mantle of Helen the Great will pass to another,
but that glory will be transitory, that Light obscured
by the cruel and base men who Paris and his kin shall become.
For Paris could have received three gifts for his judging
Had he been not cruel.