Oedipal Complex

Oedipus and the Sphinx

Attic cup: Oedipus and the Sphinx
Oedipus and the Sphinx, interior of an Attic red-figured kylix (cup or drinking vessel), c. 470 BCE; in the Gregorian Etruscan Museum, the Vatican Museums, Rome.



How did you miss the signs, Oedipus? You, for whom the riddle of the Sphinx held no fear?


How did you overlook the evidence that mounted before you? A plague from Apollo for the spilling of blood. An old prophecy of a son murdering his father and marrying his mother. A testimony from the Oracle at Delphi.


You blinded yourself in pride, a hubris that drove you to pursue the damning truth like the Furies themselves, even as the God-touched Soothsayer warned you to look no more.


And, oh, upon seeing the terrible truth, at last and too late, you blinded yourself for blinding yourself before. You solved the mystery that sealed your own doom. And we shudder, for we see that the very effort to defy the will of the Gods led to the very end the Gods decreed.


We shudder, for we know we do the same.


darkness …

working out our salvation

in fear and trembling



for Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Evidence/Clues (posted by Susan)



9 replies »

  1. This was so good. However, i must admit that I’m very rusty in mythology…some concepts were familiar but not all of them. I still appreciate the beautiful writing and the way you explore the missing of signs and the trap of hubris. The last verse though- I know that like the back of my hand!
    Beautifully woven together.

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