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I have entered your temple of fire
You bake me into bread
You smelt me into gold
Oh white hot palace
At the centre of the sun
A soul aflame
In darkness overcome
Let me walk the bright path burning
My face white with heat
Let me know the courage of heroes
That I may never know defeat.

“In Greek religion and mythology, Athena, also referred to as Pallas, is the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, just warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill. Minerva is the Roman goddess identified with Athena. Athena is also a shrewd companion of heroes and is the goddess of heroic endeavour.”

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Main music while painting: Conan the Barbarian OST — Battle of the Mounds

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Both your painting and your poem are so prayerfu'. You're honouring the Goddess with your creative work. I'm so happy that you share your vision of Athena with us. She is a Goddess I feel very close to.
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As do I. Thank you for your appreciation.
Hello, your work is beautiful, is that your poem, it's awesome, a fitting prayer before battle!
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Hi. Thank you! Yes, that is my poem :)
I love it, would it be ok to share it along with your artwork?
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Sure, as long as: you credit me by name with the artwork, link back to, and it's not for profit ;)

If it's public send me a link if you can :)
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Thank you very much :D
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Your gods and goddesses are all really amazing!
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Very impressive work!
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Thanks! Glad you think so :D
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Wow!!! Love this!!! One of my favorite goddesses ever!!! :) So badass!!! :heart:
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Thank you very much! Glad you like :D
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My absolute pleasure!! Your work is astounding!!! :heart:
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looks alot like her when she was young

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I guess she does seem quite young...
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