Hymn to Hestia
Hestia, know your place within us throughout time
First to be swallowed by your father and
last to be yielded up
Oldest and youngest daughter of Kronos,
Born in conflict
so later left conflicts of the Olympians
to tend to matters of your hearth.
We have seen you manifest within us
First as early people crouched around the fires
telling stories in front of caves
Then sitting in front of fireplaces within houses
Now in front of flickering cold lights of TV and computer
poor substitutes for your warm light.
We endeavor to return to the warmth of your hearth
By nurturing ourselves and sharing that
through creativity and compassion.
Know your place within us throughout time, Hestia.