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Psyche Courting Eros

Karl Constantine FOLKES 1935 (Portland)

So let the love game begin
It’s a match with a win
Pray, let the love game begin
From without and within
Thru thick and thru thin

A love match to score
With ones we adore
Eros asleep
His lover a peek

How curious she seems
Disturbing his dreams
A nightmare awaits
Encountering the Fates

But that is the Lot
A biblical plot
For looking back
And finding flack

A biblical plot
Eve’s flaws not forgot
The Apple of Discord
Displeasing the Lord

Looking back at her prize
Imagine the surprise
How curious the maiden
With interest quite laden
How laid back the subject
Asleep and not suspect

The maiden in peeking
Some knowledge seeking
And what she discovers
Oh, the awe she uncovers

Her fears are unwarranted
For love is undaunted
A Cupid so lovely
A Eros so comely

For Psyche’s fair lover
Although under cover
Asleep in his beauty
Indeed is a cutie

Our hero is our desire
Our warm hearts afire
The Hieros Gamos
Enlightening the Cosmos

The courtship of Eros
Is evidently serious
Delighted with mirth
It starts out at birth

A gift of the gods
Examining the odds
A gift of the gods
Granting their nods

That life will not hinder
Flames from God’s Cinder

The binding of lovers
The friendship that hovers
From first breath to last
From present to past

Creation’s coupling
Nature’s suppling

So let the love game begin
It’s a match with a win
It’s a match that will last
The die has been cast

We are all of us lovers
Of a game with much overs
A game through the ages
Unending with stages
As Shakespeare’s own pages
Will quote ancient sages

Beginning with birth
Our life on this earth
Appears as desire
To find something higher
Beyond our demise
Occasion to rise

‘Tis a game we all play
Each single day
Like heartbeats pulsating
Two lovers-in-waiting
Their two hearts inviting
All lovers to dancing

The game that’s enhancing
Of lovers enchanting.
Of lovers enchanting
Oh, ever so enchanting.

About this poem

Lovers of the Classics know that the myth of Eros and Psyche is undoubtedly one of the best known and best loved stories in classical mythology, a story in which the human soul, personified as Psyche, is ever in courtship with the human heart, personified as Eros (in Greek mythology), or as Cupid (in Roman mythology). This poem makes allusion to that myth, composed as a narrative poem by Lucius Apuleius, a Latin-language prose writer, in his book, The Golden Ass; as well as references to the biblical couple in the Garden of Eden, and the biblical tale of Lot and his wife, found in the book of Genesis of the Hebrew Bible.  

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Written on September 29, 2021

Submitted by karlcfolkes on September 29, 2021

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Quick analysis:

Scheme AAaaa bbxc ddee fFgg Ffhh iijjkk llmm nnoo ppof pxdx xxqq RrRr pp mmss lc AAss mmtttx qqppii uullll lLLl
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 1,951
Words 393
Stanzas 20
Stanza Lengths 5, 4, 4, 4, 4, 6, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 2, 4, 2, 4, 6, 6, 6, 4

Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1995 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s “Dear Mili” Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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