I hate the Greek myths, full of cruel, spoil, spiteful messers. I wasn’t going to get anything about Narcissus for the NaPoWriMo prompt on my own, so I asked the Oracle. I should have know she would have something for me. She probably knew both Narcissus and Echo.


A broken flower,Screen Shot 2018-04-21 at 15.20.25

a girl listening

beneath the wild sky.

He feels no desire,

no rhythm throbs

in his heart—

she hears only the voice

of his vanity.





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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

22 thoughts on “Echo”

  1. The Greeks mythos is a soap opera that still resonates despite the fact modern people wouldn’t want to be around these people. They’re more palatable when you think of them as forces of nature or psychological phenomena. Impulses that are present in the human psyche even if it’s not always PC. They’re too frustrating if you expect them to act as people. I have my own thoughts on Narcissus that I wrote about. It’ll be out this week.

    1. They are forces of nature that always push the same way, though. Their motivations are usually superficial, like a soap opera, as you say. Nudge me when you post your piece. I’d like to read it.

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