When Women Ruled the World by Allison Abrams

 painting (1515) by Titian Tiziano Vercelli

painting (1515) by Titian Tiziano Vercelli

There was a time when the world was wrought with pleasures,
And people saw only specks of gold,
When the fair maiden, with her every curl and lock,
Graced the land more than horse or flock.
She coveted her wisdom to Diana,
Her passions but tidings who've come and gone,
She promised her gifts to Samson,
But she did not have them for long.
When she labored,
It was with beauty.
When she made love,
It was her duty.
Her youth aged and seemed to set pastures ablaze.
Each heart held a riot within it.
Seldom did she speak or sing,
Even her motions became tranquilized - quiet.
But her eyes and lips and bosom could still send a man to war.
But, this feverish toil hath ended,
The world is now in mourning,
The maiden ascended,
There's no more reason for exulting.