Paris gives the apple – poem for dVerse

How do you choose, then,
when the girl with brown eyes
is pouring out bourbon
and promising jobs – ones
with prospects – a seat
on the board, and her dress
is too tight, and her lips
are red, and she’s leaning across
and you can’t help but look

and the grey-eyed girl
is checking her twitter feed
and telling you secrets
and she knows everything
about you, reads your soul,
and she’s smart, and she’s funny,
and she’s smiling like that,
and she’s standing like that,
and she knows what you want,
and she’s vodka and ice
and a glance to the side

but the blonde
in the candy-pink dress
calls for just one more cocktail
and giggles that luscious giggle,
that plump, sofa cushion smile,
and somehow her shoulders
are always rising
out of crumpled sheets,
and somehow her hair
always falls in one eye,
like she dressed in a hurry,
and she whispers your name
in a silk-stocking voice

and you’ve only one apple.

This is for Anmol’s dVerse prompt – a modern retelling of a myth. This is Paris choosing between Hera, Minerva and Aphrodite, reimagined as Hollywood starlets.


20 thoughts on “Paris gives the apple – poem for dVerse

  1. Welcome to modern dating. Just add some disillusionment and it’s a deadly mixture.
    I love how you pictured and imagined the myth working out in this contemporary setup — your character sketches are wonderful and there’s something about this ‘male gaze’ which makes the myth come alive in more ways than one. Such a good read! 🙂

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  2. A very well written piece, rife with word-smithing. I think girl #1 would be my choice. Puts me in mind as a prep for yet another reality show–all those women and so few roses.


  3. I love your modern retelling of Paris choosing a goddess, Sarah. I especially admire how you’ve written from teh perspective of a male and distinguished the beauties in great detail. I especially love:
    ‘…she’s vodka and ice
    and a glance to the side’;
    ‘that plump, sofa cushion smile’;
    ‘…she whispers your name
    in a silk-stocking voice’.

    A dilemma with only one apple!


  4. I see what you mean. Anmol hinted at the perspective, but yes, most sympathy seems to be with Poor Paris and his Terrible Dilemma 🙂 You’re right about the simpering women though. They are modern, they choose to pander to the male gaze. Helen never asked to be chosen, but women in those days didn’t have a choice about anything. They accepted, submitted then got the blame when things went wrong.


  5. I also see what you meant in your comments to Jane, but this is so wonderfully written. Yes, male gaze, but those descriptions are just so original–so well-drawn “that plump, sofa cushion smile!”


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