Joan Butler: Semele

Zippety-zappety,
Zeus the great thunder god
sparking with energy,
oozing panache,
finds little Semele
hypermagnetical,
sends her a note: I’ll be
down in a flash.

Simpery-wimpery,
silly young Semele
struck by a thunderbolt
sizzles and dies.
(Classical cock-up of
anthropomorphism:
deity fails to ma-
terialise.)