Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Orion

Orion was the son of the great sea god Poseidon. He was an exceedingly handsome giant, and a very skillful hunter. One day as Orion was walking over the water, he came across the island of Chios. Orion was in love with the king's daughter ansd asked the king for his consent to marry his lovely daughter. The king told Orion once he rid the island of all the beasts, only then would he give his consent. Orion did as he was instructed, but the king kept changing his conditions. Soon Orion became extremely angry and tried to take the king's daughter by force. The sly and cunning king gave Orion alcohol until he was drunk and fell asleep, then he deprived him of his sight. He wandered blindly until he found the island of Lemnos and found Hephaestas. The god had great sympathy for the giant and lent him a young cyclops to help him find the sun god.

Orion carried the youth on his shoulder and soon found the sun god, who shined the rays on the giant's eyes and he regained his sight. After that Orion went to Crete where he met Artemis. Orion was the only man Artemis had ever liked, let alone favored besides her brother Apollo. The two hunted together all the time. Apollo grew very jealous. One day as Artemis was away, Apollo sent a powerful scorpion to attack Orion. Orion's powerful weapons were no match for the scorpion's venom. As Orion turned to run, the mighty beast struck his heel. When Artemis returned and found her beloved friend dead, she was very angry with Apollo. But siblings can never stay angry forever, and Apollo helped her put Orion in the sky as a constellation so he would always be rememmbered.

P.S. At certain times of the year I will go out the front door to look at Orion. Now that I know how to find him, it's really fun.

2 comments:

janice fenimore September 23, 2010 at 9:15 PM  

Good writing, Song. and very interesting.

Mrs. Rhodes September 29, 2010 at 6:37 PM  

Excellent! I like your writing on Orion. I am very glad you are in the class. This is a great way to share. We have to get your mic working! Mrs. Rhodes

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