By Kadellar (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Aphrodite and Anchises

It wasn’t when I did her in the grove
But when she showed up later with the kid
Who peeked between her breasts, who had my nose,
I knew he’d walk through fire for me: he did.

What do you tell a goddess who you’ve laid
Who shows up twelve months later with a son?
The past, the future, cannot be repaid
And who could tell? Not me, not anyone.

All parents form one link in life’s long chain
All city-burning tragedies are fate
Lares and Penates saved will still remain
But wisdom is a gift that comes too late.

Speak, goddess, you could tell a guy your name,
Before you granted us eternal fame.

17th August 2013