Almanac Poetry: To Dionysus


Fresco of Dionysus from triclinium ceiling of home incorporated into Baths of Caracalla. 2nd – 3rd century CE. [Wikimedia Commons.]


To Dionysus


Transvestite god,
your dress is very pretty
but it does not suit:
you are too big and bulky.
And your make up,
while applied with care,
looks silly—that plum lipstick shrieks
‘I am such a dickhead!’
As for the laurel wreath
adorning your flaxen hair…
what the hell is that about?
Stop slurping wine from golden goblets
and running madly through fields
pursued by crazy women,
desist from hallucinogenics,
wild parties and kinky sex!
And if I see another lyre
thrown from an inn window…
You’re not as young as you once were.
I’m serious, mate. It’s embarrassing.



(Acknowledgements: first published in my second poetry collection, Lionheart Summer, Picaro Press, 2011; reprinted by Ginninderra Press, 2018.)



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Kevin Densley is a graduate of both Deakin University and The University of Melbourne. He has taught writing and literature in numerous Victorian universities and TAFES. He is a poet and writer-in-general. His fifth book-length poetry collection, Please Feed the Macaws ... I'm Feeling Too Indolent, was published in late 2023 by Ginninderra Press. He is also the co-author of ten play collections for young people, as well as a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press. Other writing includes screenplays for educational films.

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