Poems

Joe Dolce: ‘Helios of Rhodes’ and ‘Muse-Wrestling’

Helios of Rhodes for Peter Schipperheyn   Its sculptor, Charles of Lindos, took his own life when shown                        a single flaw on the brow of                           Helios of Rhodes.                                             Thirty metres high it towered much taller still it rose                                    than the bronze Zeus at Tarentum,                 Helios of Rhodes.                                 A brilliant skin of brass plate shone,  with iron bars for bone,                                  upon white marble pedestal,                           Helios of Rhodes.                     Two hundred thousand rivets joined  iron and brass to stone,                                   reforged of molten battle-swords,                  Helios of Rhodes.                     All Greece hailed the handsome God, bedecked with cloud and gold,                       oculus of…

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