The Empress of Atlantis

May 17, 2021 at 10:30 pm (Folklore, Mythology, Poetry) (, , , , , )

The Empress of Atlantis

The Empress of Atlantis was a tyrant
A megalomaniac
A narcissist par excellence

Standing alongside the giant marble head of herself
She stood regal like a goddess
Which she believed herself to be

Since she fancied herself full of divinity
She never showed an ounce of humanity
Death was her decree
To any who fell into her disfavour

She fancied herself Mistress of the Cosmos
And thus it was of the greatest surprise to her
When the Cosmos rose against her
When mighty tsunami waves submerged her empire
And her body
That she held to be the earthly vessel of a goddess
Became food for fishes
And the colossal marble head
Of her oh so proud! face and profile
Was covered by seaweed

Mermaids swam by and wondered what monster this had been
Now confined to the depths of the sea
Ghosts of pirates passed her by
On the way down to Davy Jones’ locker
A preview of the horrors that awaited them

And so as Ozymandias lies forgotten in desert sands
So likewise does Atlantis’ Empress inhabit the bottom of the sea.

-A poem written by Christopher
Monday May 21st 2021.

8 Comments

  1. George F. said,

    Yes, an ego that large would have small regard for mere mortals. She deserved to become fish bait. I know people like this…although they have not yet built giant marble heads of themselves…

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      The photo is from a scene in the 1932 French-German film L’atlantide.

      I’d never heard of that film untl somebody posted a photo of it in an Old Movie group I belong to.

      I found the movie on YouTube this past weekend and watched it.

      It was a strange film.

      An hour and a half- unusual for most early ’30s films.

      And Atlantis turns out to be below the sands of the Sahara Desert rather than the bottom of the ocean and is still going strong under desert sands in modern times according to the movie.

      The character of the Empress of Atlantis in my poem is based on the character of the Queen of Atlantis in the film.

      My description and psychological profile of the Empress is definitely based on the Queen’s character in the film.

      What I found strange about the movie is even though it was filmed in vintage classic black and white, the movie had more of a 1970s feel to it in terms of plot and dialogue rather than a 1930s film.

      You know how a lot of movies of the late ’60s and early ’70s come across like they were written by screenplay writers high on hallucinogenic drugs and directed by film directors high on hallucinogenic drugs (which they probably were).

      This movie has that same feel to it.

      It lacks logic and common sense.

      It’s a strange weird world which has nothing of the redeeming value of an episode of the Twilight Zone which while examining strange and weird happenings at least had a point to the story.

      This movie really has no point to it much like a number of films that appeared in the late ’60s and early ’70s.

      • George F. said,

        Yes, the hallucinogenic trips are making a comeback as there is a movement, legitimate and legal, to treat “mental disorders” with Psilocybin, LSD and other mind bending drugs from those Timothy Leary days.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Timothy Leary turned out to have been “visionary” in more ways than one.

  2. shєrríє dє vαlєríα said,

    We are just mere peasants for her-kind.
    Royals long-ago love to think that they’re some kind of a god/goddess … until nature goes against them. To make the death scene sounded more interesting, some storytellers would claim that it was the titans that killed ’em kings or queens … yup! Indeed.

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Yes, because the divinely proclaimed kings and queens figured that only divine beings like the titans could bring them down.

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