dVerse — haibun — War Child

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“Juno and Flora” by Bon Boullogne

Some say that Mars was the son of Jupiter and Juno, but when Jupiter decided to “usurp the mother function” by giving birth to Minerva directly from his forehead, Juno needed a balancing response. She consulted the Goddess Flora; Flora obtained a magic flower by plucking it ritually, then impregnated Juno by touching her belly. Juno left town for the shore of Marmara and gave birth to her baby boy, Mars, on March first. Matronalia is celebrated by married women in honor of Juno as the Goddess of Childbirth on that day.

Males steal even birth act
Mother’s wrongs don’t make things right –
Spring baby starts war

 

 

Info gathered from wiki on Mars.

Frank J. Tassone is today’s host of dVerse.  Frank says:
Whether it’s the God of War or the Red Planet, write your haibun that alludes to Mars.

30 Comments Add yours

  1. calmkate says:

    interesting snippet of history … doubt they’d cope with childbirth!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      yes, they probably just snap their fingers and presto!

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  2. When I used to get migrains, I described them as giving birth through my skull–much as Jupiter did with Minerva! 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      ouchie! Glad you are speaking of them in past tense.

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  3. Beverly Crawford says:

    Well researched. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Bev!

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  4. Love the story Lisa! 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Christine 🙂

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  5. rothpoetry says:

    A great story Lisa, I like the feminist jibe in this one. It made me smile!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Dwight. Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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  6. Glenn A. Buttkus says:

    Even Jesus got in on this action, the immaculate conception See, that’s where your history lesson took me; smile.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 uh-huh.

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  7. Giving birth from the forehead … SMH …. 😉

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Jupiter threw down the gauntlet with that one 😉

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  8. kim881 says:

    Wow! Thank you for the mythological background, Jade. I agree with Glenn about migraines feeling like you’re giving birth through your forehead. The final thought is powerful – a baby starting a war – I wonder if that crops up in other mythologies. There are many myths and legends involving magic flowers – perhaps something to explore in a future prompt.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Kim thank you, and sounds like it would be a great future prompt.

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  9. Very interesting, Li. Very powerful haiku and I love the song. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, glad you found it interesting. I was surprised by it, but with the gods you just never know… Jethro Tull has put out a lot of good tunes. There is a certain atmosphere they create with their music.

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      1. Oh yeah, with gods one just doesn’t know! 😉
        So true about Tull!

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  10. this is perfect for Women’s Month which is March! thank you for the history lesson done so creatively!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Wow didn’t realize March is Women’s Month. Thank you for the comment.

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      1. You’re welcome, Ms. Jade!

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  11. To give birth through your forehead sounds like a painful way to avoid your wife… not sure it’s a good idea. A flower sounds much smoother.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I hadn’t thought about that aspect of it (avoiding wife.) I need to do research on that birthing. Yes, a flower seems like a piece of cake in comparison.

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  12. The Greeks saw Ares and Aphrodite (Roman Mars and Venus) as adulterous lovers – this is an interesting twist! Loved the haiku

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks Christine 🙂

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