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With Zues a persistent, powerful,
and tempting pursuer
Many goddesses were collected
A collection of glass
Fragile and ready to be shattered
By the most fearedů

She envied all others
Her husbands conquests
fueled a jealous flurry
She, the almighty goddess,
ruled in incredible beauty
An exquisite shell holding
festering hatred

Hera's happiness dependent
on the action of one
Her self worth held in
the hand of a thunderbolt
Definitely a historic moment
in co-dependency and
marital dysfunction

Copyright © 2002, Trina Zacharias

Greek Mythology
Hera was the wife of Zues and the queen of all the Olympian deities. She is the most beautiful of the immortals, even more beautiful than Aphrodite. Hera was mainly worshipped as a goddess of marriage and birth. It is said that each year Hera's virginity returns by bathing in the well Canathus.  Writers represented Hera as constantly being jealous of Zeus's various amorous affairs. She punished her rivals and their children, among both goddesses and mortals, with implacable fury.