The Birth of Aeneas

And now Poseidon stirs the briny deep,
Where demons of the ocean wake from sleep;
And waterspouts revolve into the air,
Blackening the upper atmosphere.

Breakers tower and crash upon the main,
And rushing torrents fill the open plane,
As Hera strikes with her ungodly forces,
Drowning all of Hector’s broken horses.

And now her unchained Furies strike the gates,
Where Priam huddles, praying to the Fates,
With all his family, sheltered in the keep,
While all the ground is shaken from the deep.

Now, all of Troy is blanketed in dark,
Each humble hearth has lost its sacred spark,
And every candle stands without a flame,
With every lamp extinguished just the same.

But Venus and Anchises dwell outside,
And looking for a sturdy place to hide,
The two are overtaken by the squall,
And take their cover in a rustic hall.

In common peace, the two will live awhile,
Venus, princess of the Cyprian isle,
And old Anchises, of the Royal run,
And, in the Spring, the goddess bears a son.

Of brave Aeneas’ birth, not much is said,
In epic books that everyone has read,
Who later labored on the house of Rome,
And made the everlasting town our home!

The ancient bards employed imagination,
Like heavy horses bearing revelation,
To praise this man, who suffered slings of war,
And brought the sacred embers to our shore!

So if too gently this appeal resounds,
I promise to address his warring wounds,
For now, imagine his nativity,
Conscripted from the blue Aegean sea.

Drawn from turquoise depths, and golden sands,
Where windswept waters sweep the slender strands,
A spiral conch is pulled by wafting sails,
And dolphins, dancing, on their blue-gray tails.

Upon the shell, the infant boy commands,
With Roman ensigns on his swaddling bands;
A little flaming torch, in gold brocade,
Upon the beach, beside the child is laid.

Now wise Anchises, father of this child,
To Troy returns, from leisure in the wild,
And Venus, as her son was borne, retires,
Back to Hesperides’ purple fires.

The Trojan child to destiny is sworn,
Long before the infant Christ was born,
To wield a flaming torch to sacred Rome,
Where heaven stoops to meet the vaulting dome.

Now of his early years, I am unclear,
But skilled he was, upon his thirteenth year,
To lift the brazen shield and wooden spear;
He filled his city’s enemies with fear.

Now Paris, by the Beautiful, is led,
Aeneas, duly, to the Truth is wed,
Two common wheels, to guide one chariot,
And, in this way, the path of Troy is set.

And soon Aeneas sails the silver sea,
To Grecian shores and, setting Helen free,
Restores her to the Trojan city walled,
Which many Spartans an abduction called.


4 thoughts on “The Birth of Aeneas

  1. Love this! Just as Vergil himself wrote the greatest “fan fiction” following Homer and Mapheo Vegio composed a thirteenth book of the Aeneid, so you are standing in a long tradition.

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    1. Thank you Steve! I’m going to write next about the fall of Troy, then more about Aeneas, Lavinia and Rome. I don’t see Juno welcoming Aeneas into heaven, as Vegio wrote, but I do see God welcoming him. I was amazed to learn that Paris’ mother (Hecuba) was afraid of Paris’ birth because of the prophecy of the flaming torch, and his father, Priam, after the fall of Troy, gave his own sword to Aeneas to carry to Italy. With a little more light, we can imagine that Hecuba had been deliberately frightened by the false and jealous gods. Aeneas carries the torch to Italy. The torch was later carried by Constantine then the Anglo kings and finally brought to America.


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