a flower containing both male and female organs; a person or animal of both
The child Hermaphroditus
was the son of Hermes and Aphrodite, the result of a secret love affair.
For this reason he was entrusted to the nymphs of the isolated Mount Ida,
who allowed him to grow up as a wild creature of the woods. After his
encounter with the water-nymph Salmacis, he laid a curse upon the water.
According to fable, all persons who bathed in the water became hermaphrodites.
From a dense forest of tall
The hunter caught sight of a doe.
In desire for conquest,
He found himself within a glade he'd not beheld before.
And as his strength began to fail
He saw a shimmering lake.
A shadow in the dark green depths
Disturbed the strange tranquility.
As he rushed to quench his thirst,
A fountain spring appeared before him
And as his heated breath brushed through the cool mist,
A liquid voice called, "Son of gods, drink from my spring".
Behind him the voice called again.
He turned and saw her, in a cloak of mist alone
And as he gazed, her eyes were filled with the darkness of the lake.
"Away from me cold-blooded woman
Your thirst is not mine"
"Nothing will cause us to part
Hear me, O Gods"
Unearthly calm descended from the sky
And then their flesh and bones were strangely merged
Forever to be joined as one.
A fading voice was heard:
"And I beg, yes I beg that all who touch this spring
May share my fate"
Both had given everything they had.
A lover's dream had been fulfilled at last,
Forever still beneath the lake.
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