Thursday, March 5, 2020

Joy V. Sheridan writes

Aphrodite swam with the seals
with the dawnlight in music marbling the waves
with the veins of the silence of isolation
over there, behind the rocks,
her garments strayed to the sun
with little mother-of-pearl shells hanging
from the home and stars embroidered
like deep sea sponges
and crescents and full moons
where her breasts filled their cups
when she put on her garments
and a comb was tangled with seaweed
and green little crabs crawled on
pink bellies and left their sweet sea smell
and there was a smell of a perfume on the winds
like roses from a piece of unwritten poetry
As Aphrodite swam out in the distance with the seals
and a shaft of light lit up the headland,
the cliff was caught as Apollo saw Aphrodite
swaying over the humming cones of the waves
and shells blew in the wind with the music of bells
And he, taking in his hands a flute
reeded out to her a poem of her beauty
within a cave he sat, and played and sang and
far out on the sea
Aphrodite swam with the seals and the shells were peeling
Shells were peeling and overhead
the seabirds in orison flew in arcs and circles
till that voice lilted upon the foam white
and the emerald green and the wine dark sea
Aphrodite turned to the place where the Sun shone
from the cave of green father
when night-time drifted her sleeping mind
and rare the words that whispered
in humbled silks by rivers of Lethe
and she swam inwards unwary and unsure
drawn to the reefs and the oleanders
that bent
towards the flames of the moths and winds
and butterflies within a flame that gleamed
and Apollo looked sweetly up and smiled
as he touched her cheek with his hand
and let her to the setting sun’s most
glorious boon

1 comment:

  1. Aphrodite was the goddess associated with love, beauty, pleasure, passion, and procreation, and the patron goddess of prostitutes. When Kronos (time) castrated his father Uranos (sky), the foam produced by his genitals begat Aphrodite. Apollo was the son of Zeus and Leto and, among his many attributes, was the god of seafarers. n Greek mythology, Lethe was the spirit of forgetfulness and oblivion, as well as being 1 of the 5 rivers of the underworld (Hades); it flowed around the cave of Hypnos and through the underworld, and everyone who drank from it experienced complete forgetfulness.


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