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Thursday, April 07, 2005

Mars and Venus

Ares and Aphrodite

"Even the Sun whose light rules all the stars
Has known love's kingdom; we shall tell of it."

Who could forget about
...Vulcan's net, so light, so delicate
So thinly woven of fine-tempered bronze
the casual-glancing eye would never see it-
Less visible than the sleekest threds of wool
Or nets that spiders hang from tallest beams.
That was draped as a sheet on Venus' bed.

and who could forget about how
...One god remarked that he envied Mars,
while Vulcan's room was shook with godly laughter:
For many years this tale was told in heaven.

:: Metamorphoses, Book IV
: trans. by Horace Gregory, 1958

note: A month of peace, reverie, abstracted musing, floating and serenity... *.*

2 Park your thoughts here:

Blogger Ambres whispered...

"Vulcan's room was shook with godly laughter"

and about whom did the Gods laugh? Was it not at "limping" Vulcanes? Caught in his jealousy..
Derisive laughter fill's his room.

Ares and Afrodite wanted to be seen!


10/4/05 1:11 AM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

The Sun see all things...

.. and so in an invisible web they were, even that is no escape.

----and a kisss too----

"Make love, not war!" was a common theme in amatory epigram. Ovid tweaks that tradition to say "Love is war!".

But then, how are lovers like soldiers?

17/4/05 10:32 AM  

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