(Poem) Birth of Aphrodite #2 by Donna Snyder

Small breasts and fat rolls
Body of an immortal beauty
The goddess of love and righteous indignation
Aphrodite

AphroditeShe rose fleshy and pristine from the foam of the infinite sea
Unlike her sister Athena
who sprang from the imperfect brow of the father god
Aphrodite is unmeasured and without flaw

Small breasts and fat rolls
The image transcends the span of centuries
I feel flesh beneath my fingers
Smell and taste the abundant flesh against my face

Small breasts and fat rolls
Blood and breath dance through my mortal body
I close my eyes and dream in mother of pearl

This poem was previously included in “I Am South,” my chapbook published in 2010 by VirgoGray Press.

(Go to Birth of Aphrodite #1 and #3.)

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Yes! “Small breasts and fat rolls.”

Donna Snyder
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Donna Snyder

Thank you, sisters!

Kenneth Holmes
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I love, your pearls of wisdom,
I had Homers book, the Iliad as a child.
At my bedside
,You are an amazing poet,

Donna Snyder
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Donna Snyder

Thank you, Kenneth. What a lovely comment. Your words tally lifted my spirits.

kytheria
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The statue is gorgeous & the poem is what my tumblr is about — do you know where the original of that image is located? I’d love to feature it, with a crediting link to this post as well.

Donna Snyder
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Donna Snyder

Thank you for reading and commenting. I am pleased you want to link my poem to your site. Thanks to Anna, I can identify the sculpture. Here is the link: Aphrodite 250-200 BC, Hellenic Macedonia-Greece, The J. Paul Getty Museum http://www.getty.edu/museum/about.html

kytheria
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Thank you! I’ve finally been able to get back online, and hopefully you will gain some new readers through my humble little blog 😀