Painting, Oil, Canvas, 50 x 60 cm, 2005
"I've arrived here in the land of Thebes,
I, Dionysus, son of Zeus, born to him
from Semele, Cadmus' daughter, delivered
by a fiery midwife, Zeus' lightning flash.
Yes, I've changed my form from god to human,appearing here at these streams of Dirce,the waters of Ismarus.
I see my mother's tomb for she was wiped out by that lightning bolt.
It's there, by the palace, with that rubble,
the remnants of her house, still smoldering
from Zeus' living fire Hera's undying outrage against my mother. But I praise Cadmus.
He's made his daughter's shrine a sacred place.
I have myself completely covered it
with leafy shoots of grape-bearing vines."