"The Abduction of Psyche," Wiiliam-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1895, Wikipedia photo.
“The Abduction of Psyche,” William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1895, Wikipedia photo.

Her beauty envy of Aphrodite, Psyche, radiant
Soul, breath of rose pale limbs and breasts that
Dazzled admiring eyes, human and divine. Her
Exalted female light caused worshipers to
Believe she was the goddess in mortal form,
Neglecting votive offerings, evoking Aphrodite’s
Scorn, abandoning her columned temples.

Abducted by Eros, the goddess’ son, Psyche
Ascended on butterfly wings, tender nudity
Uplifted to pastels heavens went, purple drape
Unfurling, upon her gentle touch, Eros fell in
Love, prisoner of pained beauty, dreams gods
Never envisioned, he whisked Psyche to secret
Mountain citadels as his captive mistress.

By blood and oil, sacraments of the fates, one
Love was sealed, another rent asunder, Psyche
Pricked by Eros arrows, oiled spilled on Eros
From her lamp, having been so wrongly defiled,
Eros left his darling, wrathful acts, causing
Mortal  love to fade like echoes, passions of
Longing hearts shriveling on dark nights.

Trespasses corrected by Jove’s divine hand, he
Restored earthly love, Psyche and Eros celestially
Joined, wakening hearts, they entered heaven as
Married immortals. Only through love were their
Souls restored, by grace they met Zeus’ discerning
Eyes, musical mirth, heaven’s open arms, souls
Rising in completion to stars and shining sun.

“The soul [Psyche] takes flight to the world that is invisible but there
arriving she is sure of bliss and forever dwells in paradise.”
Plato

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