As is her custom, as the northern lights dim their calendar,
Athena raises her creative ardor; her gilded shield, to Olympia.
Adjusting her breastplate, her breath, like smoke from a censer
Petitions clouds to rain gems, filling the writer’s purse and larder.
Divinely inspired, authors coin sapphire and turquoise phrases,
Scribing keyboard tomes in topaz,
Anthologies in lavender characters,
Displayed in mixed metaphor vases;
Dipping the muse’s pen, often and with care,
In lapis lazuli syllables and inkwells of jasper.