Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Arlene Corwin writes

Circling Round Experience 

Fame, reality, vanity,
Its nuance and illusion.
Music, greed, the vices. Slices all.
Ageing, all the changes that belong -
Emerging right, the one day wrong.
Nature, all of it, its sectioned parts
Which in the end are all one thing.
The spiritual and secular.

What else is there:
Exhortation and suggestion,
Women, men;
Eros, agape,
Love relationships that chip away
At family and at nation-ships.
Breakings down and building ups,
Then breaking down again: a chain.
No end of increase and contraction.
Yet, in some way evolution.
Peace and power and purity,
Knowledge, love and bliss…
These the building blocks of man from soul;
The building blocks that make Man whole.
Loss and gain again, again. The universal;
Seeing through to it and all.
All the time a readying.
All a means of steadying a self
Which ends in death each breath.
Nothing more to win or lose
And all the daily news.
Predictions, guessing, meaningless.

1 comment:

  1. Eros ("desire") was the Greek god of love and sex. According to Hesiodos, he was he 4th god to come into existence, after Chaos, Gaia (Earth), and Tartarus (the abyss). But the Orphic and Eleusinian Mysteries regarded him to be the son of Nyx (night); in ca. 400 BCE, in "The Birds," Aristophanes claimed (in the translation by Eugene O'Neill, Jr.) that " blackwinged Night laid a germless egg in the bosom of the infinite deeps of Darkness, and from this, after the revolution of long ages, sprang the graceful Love (Eros) with his glittering golden wings, swift as the whirlwinds of the tempest. He mated in the deep Abyss with dark Chaos, winged like himself, and thus hatched forth our race, which was the first to see the light." But later he was believed to be the son of Aphrodite (the goddess of love) and Ares (the god of war); as such, he and his siblings Anteros ("Love Returned"), Himeros ("Impetuous Love"), Hedylogos ("Sweet-talk"), Hymenaios ("Bridal-Hymn"), Hermaphroditus ("Effeminate"), and Pothos ("Desire, Longing," especially for one who is absent) were sometimes regarded as the patrons of homosexual love. In Greco-Christian terms, eros was 1 of the 4 types of love: eros was romantic love, storge was familial love, philia was love of friends, and agape was selfless love for humankind and God as well as God's love for mankind.


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