Let me tell you the story
Of a myth not known for glory,
Of an idea that has been forgotten
And replaced with something rotten.
I’ve been told the gods are dead,
Lost from this land, or perhaps they fled.
And I learned about a goddess one day
Who no longer exists, or so they say.
But I have seen her.
I saw her face flickering beneath
That of a child’s, who with gritted teeth
Forced themself to tell their mom
What father would do when he wasn’t calm
I felt her hurt among those with which she stood
As they lined the streets of the neighborhood
With their hand-held speakers and homemade signs
Speaking up from the protest lines
I’ve smelled her trademark scent of spilled lifeblood
Among a group of people covered in mud
As they ran from the frontlines of the war
And the burning of their homes, they tried to ignore
I’ve tasted her desperation which you wouldn’t think would have a taste
But it does, found in every place with something to lose or something to waste
Seeping into wherever you can find desperate people
With clasped hands, no matter under what steeple
And yes, I heard her strong and loud and clear
From a thousand voices whispering and shouting in fear
From those who decided to speak up and ask questions we didn’t want asked
Even though they knew that it could cause today to be their last
Because there is a goddess hidden in each fearful eye
Alala, Greek goddess of the war cry
I have heard war cries whispered, and I have heard them roared
I have seen eyes harden and angry masses striking accord
Against common enemies and with similar goals
To win back freedoms and save lost souls
All the while, preparing their battle cries
For days when they’ll need them, when they could rise
So do not tell me all the gods are dead,
Don’t you dare tell me that she has fled.
Because I have taught you of a goddess today
Who still has a thousand things to say.
Listen for her, for she is every crowd,
Even in the silent whisper, she is loud,
And if you have something, anything to say,
Declare with her your war cry and enter the fray.