The Tale of Mint

 Flowering Spear Mint (Mentha spicata)

Flowering Spear Mint (Mentha spicata)

Nymphe of Kokyos,
plaything of Aidoneus,
overstepped her bounds
in jealousy over her,
the new underworld queen.
Loudly complain did the nymph
about her better form
about her beauty excelling
that of her rival,
about her lascivious arts,
declaring that Aidoneus
would return to her arms
within a fortnight
while the soiled maid
would be left to wander
bereft and alone.
Anger, unchecked,
that had already laid
waste to the land of man,
found another outlet
and trampled the nymph
leaving nothing behind
but a strongly scented herb,
Mint.

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