An Offering in Defense of Aphrodite

Love and war lay tangled together, laughed at

but the punishment was a failure

being bare before them brought her no shame,

she was the goddess of beauty

seeing her marriage dissolve brought her no pain,

she was goddess of love, not matrimony


She didn’t hate her husband because he was ugly

but he demanded her hand and expected fidelity

only choosing her because others lusted

and fought over her frequently


But Ares didn’t hesitate to remember

that love finds the spot where it hurts and adds pressure

she was older than the others and wilder

finally, someone who matched him in power

he saw the parts of her nobody knew

she had begun as goddess of war

and would always be the more violent of the two

Lucia Lane

The author Lucia Lane

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