Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Charles Aashfahan writes

Let it be...............

I asked my mind today at night,
What's happiness?: show me your sight.
The mind cuffed the heart; so little a while
A voice emerged from there; worthwhile -
It said, Oh! dear -
Happiness is the smile that does appear
When your love walks through the door
It's the fact that every day you love her even more
Happiness is smiling when nothing goes your way,
Happiness is crying when everything goes your way,
Happiness is a friend when your veins are in a fray,
Happiness is family when you've had a tired day.
Where do you find happiness?: do you look up or down?
You find it in the mirror in the absence of a frown:
Happiness can be described in so many different ways
So let's just hope when it finally comes it will never go away .
That's when you say deep in your heart
In a resonating voice, slushy and unhurt,
Make peace with the past and move on,
Move on and on and let it be.

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Psyche Opening the Door into Cupid's Garden -- John William Waterhouse


  1. “Cupid and Psyche” is the centerpiece of the 2nd-century novel “Metamorphoses” written by Apuleius (“Afulay” in Berber), a Numidian from Madauros (modern M'Daourouch, Algeria), comprising about 1/5 of the work. His is the only extended treatment of the subject but Eros and Psyche (love and soul) were the subjects of artwork from the 4th century BCE on. A member of several mystery cults, Apuleius was accused of using magic to seduce a wealthy widow but defended himself successfully before the proconsul of Africa, Claudius Maximus, the Stoic teacher of the future Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus. “Metamorphoses” was a first-person account of Lucius (whose name was much later appended to Apuleius, though no ancient source ever assigned him a praenomen) being transformed into as ass by magic gone wrong and encountering various adventures and recounting various tales throughout the course of the novel. Psyche’s beauty aroused the jealousy of Venus, who sent her son Cupid to punish her by making her become enamored of some hideous being, but Cupid mistakenly scratched himself with his own arrow and thus fell in love with Psyche. The oracle of Apollo had told her father that she would bear a dragon-like creature who would ravage the world, so he sent her to a mountaintop to die of exposure. However, Zephyr the west wind took her to a distant meadow instead, where she discovered a house with golden columns, a carved ceiling of citrus wood and ivory, silver walls embossed with various animals, and jeweled mosaic floors. There she was impregnated by Cupid, who kept himself hidden from her sight. But, to make her happy, he arranged for Zephyr to bring her sisters for a visit, and they persuaded her that she must learn her lover’s identity and kill the monster. When Cupid was asleep, she prepared a lamp and a dagger, but the light revealed Cupid’s beautiful form; wounding herself, she spilled hot oil from the lamp onto her lover, who thereupon fled.

  2. When Psyche told her sisters what had happened, they attempted to replace her in Cupid’s affections by climbing the mountain and casting themselves upon Zephyr to be taken to Cupid, but both fell to their deaths. Eventually, Psyche became a servant to Venus, who ordered her to separate a mass of wheat, barley, poppyseed, chickpeas, lentils, and beans into their appropriate piles by dawn; Psyche accomplished the task with the aid of friendly insects. Then Venus sent her to gather the golden wool from vicious sheep that belonged to the sun; receiving instructions from the kind of reed used to make musical instruments, Psyche gathered the wool that had been caught on briars. Then Venus sent her to collect the black water spewed by the source of the Styx and Cocytus, the rivers of the underworld; but Jupiter sent an eagle to battle the guardian dragons and retrieve the water for her. Finally, Venus ordered Psyche to go into the underworld itself to obtain a box full of the beauty of Proserpina, the queen of the underworld. Seeking to kill herself, Psyche climbed a tower, which told her where to find the entrance to the underworld and instructed her to carry cakes of honeyed barley for Cerberus, the three-headed watchdog, to ignore the pleas of a lame man driving a mule loaded with sticks, a dead man swimming in the river that separates the world of the living from the world of the dead, and old women weaving, and to take two coins in her mouth to give to Charon the ferryman so she could return. Proserpina gladly granted her request, but when Psyche returned to the Earth she opened the box in order to enhance her own beauty and found nothing inside except sleep. Cupid found her, put the sleep back in the box, and took Psyche and the box back to Venus. Then Jupiter intervened, gave Psyche ambrosia to make her immortal as befits the wife of a god, and staged a lavish wedding to redeem Cupid’s history of provoking adultery and various sordid liaisons (though Jupiter did these things in exchange for Cupid’s assistance in his own amorous expoits). Instead of the dragon her father had feared, Psyche gave birth to Voluptas ("Pleasure"). In like manner, through the course of the novel, Lucius underwent a series of tests and punishments before his own redemption via divine favor; he regained his human form by eating roses sacred to Isis.


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