Laughter-loving Aphrodite by Amanda Forrester
Golden-skinned, full-hipped, heavy-breasted
Dances and laughs, loves and eats, drinks and plays,
Among the Halls of the Gods
Our powerful Lady of Love is named as an Olympian
But in reality She is a Force far more primal
Than the civilized generation of Gods She among
For Her birth was part of the saga of creation
Born from sea-foam and blood form the severed manhood of Father Sky,
Thrown into the primordial ocean by Kronos
Aphrodite therefore is older than the King of the Gods
And indeed She moves Zeus as She will.
Arisen from the sea, She came to drive the world mad with lust
And turn one’s heart to another in partnership.
She causes animals to couple and so the flocks and herds to increase
Likewise She is the Hunger for union in the higher species
The drive to abandon the safety of isolation for the risk of heart-break,
In hopes of forming a new singular entity from two separate ones,
An equal partnership with the potential for increase.
Love is kindness, but not merely gentleness,
For Aphrodite has a steel core to Her,
Under the flowers, cheerfulness, and rosy cheeks.
Aphrodite is a Goddess of the harder lessons too, of “tough love”,
Not merely the fun roll in the hay.
She governs the first flirtations of love,
But also the stick-to-it-ativeness, the slow periods,
The intimate knowledge of a couple long together,
Who know each others every psychic crack and crevice,
As well as bodies well-loved and well-used.
A fiercer Goddess is She, too, than some may at first suspect
She dons golden armor to follow Ares into battle,
For Aphrodite understands the true value of a rare love
And will stop at nothing o protect Him.
So this is my hymn to the laughter-loving Goddess
Golden-skinned, wide-hipped, heavy-breasted —
But more than many may have supposed.