Friday poem: Blame Aphrodite

It’s no use
Mother dear, I
can’t finish my
weaving
You may
blame Aphrodite

soft as she is

she has almost
killed me with
love for that boy

by Sappho

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4 thoughts on “Friday poem: Blame Aphrodite

  1. A strange poem. Trying to figure out the connections of weaving and Aphrodite?

    Aphrodite’s mother was one of the main Gods?Aphrodite[a] is an ancient Greek goddess associated with love, beauty, pleasure, passion and procreation. She is identified with the planet Venus, which is named after the Roman goddess Venus, with whom Aphrodite was extensively syncretized. Aphrodite’s major symbols include myrtles, roses, doves, sparrows, and swans.

    The cult of Aphrodite was largely derived from that of the Phoenician goddess Astarte, a cognate of the East Semitic goddess Ishtar, whose cult was based on the Sumerian cult of Inanna. Aphrodite’s main cult centers were Cythera, Cyprus, Corinth, and Athens. Her main festival was the Aphrodisia, which was celebrated annually in midsummer. In Laconia, Aphrodite was worshipped as a warrior goddess. She was also the patron goddess of prostitutes, an association which led early scholars to propose the concept of “sacred prostitution”, an idea which is now generally seen as erroneous.

    Whenever I see Sumerian, not surprised to see strangeness, also. The star of Ishtar and Inanna. The morning star or evening depending? Oh yeah … Wikipedia wrote the info.
    Cheers Jamie

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