Mythology: “The Golden Apple of Discord” / Poetry: “Who is The Fairest?”, by Christy Birmingham .-

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a nice week!
I am proud to share this collaboration I did with the talented writer Aquileana of the blog La Audacia de Aquiles. It just published today! The project mixes Aquileana’s writing of Greek mythology (a great theme for her site!) with my poem that relates to her text. The theme of our collaboration is “the golden apple.” I hope you enjoy the read!
xo Christy

La Audacia de Aquiles

►Greek Mythology: “The Golden Apple of Discord” /

►Poetry: “Who is The Fairest?”, by Christy Birmingham:

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"The Judgment of Paris" by Guillaume Guillon Lethière (1812).- “The Judgment of Paris” by Guillaume Guillon Lethière (1812).-

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The Garden of the Hesperides was Hera´s  orchard, where either a single tree or a grove of immortality-giving golden apples grew. The apples were planted from the fruited branches that Gaia gave to Hera as a wedding gift when Hera accepted Zeus. The Hesperides were given the task of tending to the grove, but occasionally plucked from it themselves. Not trusting them, Hera also placed in the garden a never-sleeping, hundred-headed dragon named Ladon as an additional safeguard. 

However, in the mythology surrounding “the Judgement of Paris”, the goddess of Discord Eris managed to enter the garden and pluck a golden apple, 

Eris had become  disgruntled after she was excluded from the wedding of Peleus and Tetis (Achilles ‘ parents).

Angered by this snub, Eris arrived at the…

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60 thoughts on “Mythology: “The Golden Apple of Discord” / Poetry: “Who is The Fairest?”, by Christy Birmingham .-

  1. Aquileana

    Thank you very much for sharing your beautiful poetry, Christy…

    Your poem goes deep into the essence of Paris ´judgement…Really well written ❤

    Best wishes & hugs to you, Aquileana 😛

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      I am so glad you liked my take on the story – and it was truly my pleasure to be able to be aside your writing (and on your blog!!).
      So happy our collaboration is live and we’re smiling 🙂 ♥
      Hugs!

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      1. Aquileana

        Hugs right back at you; Christy …
        Yes, at least we did it…
        But waiting was worthwhile because as the saying goes: “Patience is a tree whose root is bitter, but its fruit is very sweet” (Probably as sweet as golden apples).

        Aquileana 😀

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  2. syl65

    As I commented on Aquileana’s blog, a dynamic collaboration by my dynamic duo of the written arts. Looking forward to the next collab from you two. Great all around!

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  3. Stephen Thom

    I’ve not read anything like this before! The two pieces compliment each other well, but I like most that it seems progressive and ambitious. I liked the flip from the mythological tale to the sudden modern phrasing of the question at the start of the poem. A great effort. It made me want to read more about greek mythology too, which I am embarrassed to say was quite new to me. Thanks for this. Your collabarations are supercool. 🙂

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Stephen, what a wonderful comment! I am always learning and that’s something I cherish so much about life. You’re right that it is a creative pairing and we had such fun doing it 🙂 Wishing you a great rest of your day!

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    2. Aquileana

      Thanks for such a clever and thoughtful comment, Stephen…
      Greek mythology lays in our Collective Unconscious. These myths will sound familiar to you at the end … As Plato would say through Socrates’ words: “To learn is to remember”..

      Thanks for taking time to read and comment…

      Best wishes Aquileana 😀

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      1. Stephen Thom

        Ah it’s a pleasure, enjoyed! I have read about Plato’s cave, and I bought a copy of The Republic last year, but I have not read it yet. Will read more of your blog in the future! Try and spark my unconscious a bit. All the best 🙂

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  5. Sue Dreamwalker

    Hi Christy lovely to catch up with your good self here, and yes my week has been busy but good.. I hope you are well and you enjoy your weekend..

    Loved your collaboration of posts with Aquileana… excellent poem Christy… Well done.. Perfectly explained the entwined apple saga… 🙂

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  6. Charlene Woodley

    Wonderful collab – I thoroughly enjoy Greek mythology, so this was right up my alley and the poem was of course, phenomenal – I love the air of confidence and knowing in this piece!

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