The Seduction of the Minotaur









Deep down in the dark

labyrinthe maze of her mind

a subconscious, irrepressible desire

for seduction did Ariadne find


They marked him a monster

a bestial product of Pasiphaë’s passion

borne of Aphrodite’s scorn


Asterion was her star

her one heart’s desire

Part bull but all man

Only he could satiate her craving for

Forbidden pleasure

Ancient taboo

A lust with no boundary

A hunger for sin


Stealing away while the palace slumbered

she led hapless Theseus to slay the beast

with promises of safe passage away from the heat


Her obsession burned as she reached out

for him


between gratification and duty

she peered over the precipice

of loyalty

finally she submitted and fell


she faced the beast

and met his gaze


there she saw something profound

a ragged softness

an unquenchable need

a deep understanding

of the soul within

an unbreakable bond

the connection of kin


slowly she turned to the prince

and plunged the dagger in



This poem was inspired by the Minotaur mask above and was written for Meg McNulty’s 12th Night Masquerade flash fiction contest.

Visit her blog for links to all the entries here.

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21 Responses to The Seduction of the Minotaur

  1. sarah says:

    deep and dark, keeping me hanging on with every word and line….you continue to just amaze me…..

  2. Ed says:

    Yes… Write On! ????

  3. “There was something profound, a ragged softness”—I love that line! In a brief twist you pulled me right into this story. Well done!

  4. Meg McNulty says:

    This is wonderful! You took me right into the moment, into the pure unadulterated emotion and there is such music in your words. You bring the myth to us as directly as an arrow. I am so so glad you found the time to submit. Beautiful and evocative!

  5. Great minds think alike – so glad you did this as a poem – it was fabulous. Similar idea but couldn’t be more different. Wowzer!

  6. Sigh… just beautiful…
    Luscious words and turns of phrase, and I just fell deeper and deeper as I read them. Those final two lines…satisfying!

  7. Melpomuse says:

    Thanks so much Lisa! Glad you enjoyed it as much as I did writing it.

  8. Melpomuse says:

    Thanks Cameron! I really enjoyed yours too but I find myself defaulting to poetry to explore the dark side and present a different form.

  9. Melpomuse says:

    Thanks so much Meg! Glad you have me the opportunity to distil that emotion into poetic structure. Thank you for your kind words.

  10. Melpomuse says:

    Umm ok! I will. Thanks Ed!

  11. Poor Theseus!! this is the second time he’s died during this bloghop! I feel like I need to write something new to defend him or something :)

    The emotion and imagery in this was fantastic, though!

  12. Sophie Moss says:

    Very dark. Beautifully written.

  13. Miranda Kate says:

    Delicious! You showed her desire, and made me the reader desire him too. Lovely.

  14. Wonderfully done. Great take on the prompt and kudos for using a poem format.

  15. Ah, so lovely, dark and delicious, and the twist of those last two lines is as sharp and effective as her dagger.

  16. Melpomuse says:

    Thank you so much for reading and responding.

  17. Melpomuse says:

    Thanks so much! I really appreciate it.

  18. Melpomuse says:

    I’m glad it had that effect on you!

  19. Melpomuse says:

    Thank you Sophie!

  20. Melpomuse says:

    Haha! He deserved it! :) Thank you!

  21. Melpomuse says:

    Thanks so much Diane! Glad it drew you in. Always appreciate your feedback.

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