Iambe / Baubo

Why did Iambe Flash?

Iambe was a Greek Goddess, the daughter of Pan and Echo.

One day, whilst working close to the city of Athens, Iambe met Demeter. Demeter had come down to earth from the heavens, consumed with grief for the loss of her daughter Persephone, who unknown to her had been kidnapped by Hades in the underworld.

Demeter was not eating, drinking, talking or smiling and this was also depleting and destroying the surrounding lands.

In one account, Iambe in an act of sisterhood, connects and communicates with Demeter’s head and heart by flashing at her and telling jokes, which shocks Demeter, makes her laugh and transforms her state of grief!


Demeter begins to eat, drink and smile again, which restores balance and harmony to the lands and people around, who once again flourish.

What do you want to BE when you grow up?

Searching for a word to encompass a name for my work,  I looked up to the sky and requested one!

3 days later ‘IAMBe’ arrived at Waterloo Station.

Sipping tea and waiting for a grieving friend in a coffee shop called BeNuGo at Waterloo, I considered this name. Was it a play on words – be nu go?

My Random Dialogues partner and I, @aypeeinstagram had also been reciting a mantra linked to our combined BeSayDoHaveⒸ transformational behaviour model:

‘I am who I say I AM
Because what I say I am
That is who I am’ Ⓒ

So in the spaces, I questioned who ‘I am BEing’ and played with these words and created IamBE. Upon Googling it I found out she was the goddess who communicates and connects through Play & Poetry and changes peoples state.

Hence,  I use #IAmBeic. A Metaphorical Flasher.

‘Iambic’ verse also stems from Iambe’s name and her jokes and playful nature and was often used by Shakespeare in his plays and sonnets, an example being ‘To Be or not to Be’.

‘I Am that I Am’ the common English translation of the response God used in the Hebrew Bible when Moses asked for his name (Exodus 3:14).

Rest in Peace AyPee.


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