Aphrodite Agon Entry 5

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.

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2 thoughts on “Aphrodite Agon Entry 5

  1. You have captured the ancient & ever enduring power of the Goddess Aphrodite.
    Let your words ascend to the halls of Mt. Olympus, where she will delight to hear of the many titles you bestow on her. For without her, love & life on earth would cease to exist.

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