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Lucem Ferre

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Lucem Ferre

For too long had she been the scapegoat,
blamed for the fall of our own undoing.

For too long 
had she been shyly shining
with self-conscious doubt,
cursed by the lies of man,
when all along, it was man's own vanity 
reflected in her eyes.

He feared the light inside of her,
so, he masked her name with the title of darkness,
causing her to hide within a seashell,
only offering momentary glimpses
of sacred Illumination....

....and even then, men stumbled around,
choosing wrong paths along forked roots and tongues.

We halved apples, 
offered them to her in return,
Pentacles glistening under her benevolent radiance.
Biting into a halved apple,
seeds fell back down to earth,
fell into moistened midnight soil.

And when the seeds sprouted,
the curse broke under the strain
of growth and oxygen.

Oh, how she glows again,
arms and legs outstretched,
alternating 5 and 7 points of light,
a new ray pushing forth from her crown,
another pulsating from between her thighs.

If Botticelli could see his Venus now,
he'd forgive the sins of hue.manity,
and willingly succumb to another death
in hopes of being reborn 
under her enlightenment once more.

The imposters have weakened,
tripping over their own self-induced shadows.
The imposters have become too frail
to shroud her light within false titles of darkness -
the darkness is their very own.

We witness the garden's regrowth.
Lucem Ferre has agreed to protect us
from being cast out of the garden
(as she always has),
and in return, we will promise 
to only call her by her sacred name,
to never again invoke shackles of deceit
upon her, balancing the scales
by admiring Pentacles glisten
under benevolent radiance.




                                                                    September 17th, 2012

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  1. Date: 10/9/2012 12:39:00 AM

    Wow! You wrote a new poem! Now, my silly comments look ..."silliest"!

    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 10/10/2012 10:24:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    ????
  1. Date: 10/3/2012 9:21:00 PM

    today, a stranger, finding me somehwhat innebriated, invited me to his local church gathering. Feeling oddly spriteful, I accepted. I recited for him my 2 inspirational poems, 'boon' and 'tale' from memory, as is my wont, and then, after reciting aloud a lady member's poetry from her notebook (the usual 'jesus' stuff), I decided to recite for them all, Lucem Ferre. hehe. There followed of course, a spate of derision and insensible debate. Before I left, I left them with an admonishment. "Your god is alive, and as you change, so does he" and walked out

  1. Date: 10/3/2012 12:46:00 AM

    My god i wish Aleister Crowley were still alive. How i would love to hear HIS take on this one. Very reminiscent of his poetry. It's my honor to have found and read your work; true poetry that is meant to be. Deeply humbled.

  1. Date: 9/28/2012 12:36:00 AM

    Damn....to regrow the garden, and L. Ferre is the protector, and not its deception! Wtf be on your mind! I guess things like this...

  1. Date: 9/24/2012 12:25:00 AM

    Sometimes I don't explain my thoughts properly, my bad. Venus has many connotations.Lucen Ferre is Lucifer.In the Hebrew Bible, Lucifer means "shining one, morning star." Depending its orbit, Venus is known as the Evening Star- Morning Star.So, reading your poem, I associated L. Ferre with the planet and the Goddess. When you "use" Boticelli's painting(I believe it's about Venus-Eve) it brings a new idea. You even use the word "garden"!I know...Im dense! I wont analize your poems nevermore! LOL!

  1. Date: 9/23/2012 8:53:00 PM

    Christian legend or classical myth? Mythology or Christianity? Venus as the Roman goddess (Greek Aphrodite) or the "morning star"? Eve as "evil" Lucifer? The big sea shell as a metaphor for a woman's vulva? Evil women? Love and women...evil? Think about it...Where is Robert Langdon when we need him? : )

    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 9/23/2012 10:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ruben, Sandro Botticelli's guest appearance in this poem wasn't supposed to be so confusing for the reader(unless you aren't confused about it). I know wot I was attempting to do with this poem....I am quite intrigued with the directions that your thoughts are taking. Just remember that I enjoy bending and reinventing. Sometimes it is best to let go of our preconceptions....at least a little. Not all of my parallels, analogies and connections are purposeful; neither are many of them, accidental.
  1. Date: 9/22/2012 7:03:00 PM

    Took several readings,but i think i may understand, at least a little. You write so much deeper than I do, and when I try something such as this, no noe gets it.

    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 9/23/2012 10:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Joann, there will always be a few who will understand the 'deeper' poetry....some my simply not leave comments on such poems, if said poems are posted publicly. May the Light of Lucem Ferre shine upon you always. Ahwomen and Ahmen.
  1. Date: 9/22/2012 12:38:00 AM

    Notice, I unlike R. did not research your poem. So, I enjoyed every jot and tiddle. Tiddle, such a good word. Makes me think of a finger flipping something. Oh, well got to go. Good hot shower waiting. These long days get to this old man. Ruben, you are just too intelligent for our own good!!!!

    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 9/23/2012 10:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    There wasn't supposed to be doubt shed upon the fact that "The Birth of Venus" is a representation of the Goddess Venus. Wot is Venus in Latin....the planet and Goddess are linked. How could they not be? Wot came first?~lol~Why did that name become attributed to the Christian Devil? I believe it is the wording of your first comment that confused me.
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 9/22/2012 11:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    NOOOOO! Intelligent? Not at all! I can maintain a decorous conversation about geography, history, literature, art, music ....what else? Soccer! Im going to try to find info on the painting, im pretty sure it was the representation of Eve-Venus...but now you made me doubt about it. (definitely, different art lessons...but I got an A! : D )
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 9/22/2012 1:00:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Chas, I think you are right about Ruben. Also, he could be too intelligent for his own good as well ha ha! ~(Heya Ruben :D)~ May the Light of Lucem Ferre shine upon you always. Ahwomen and Ahmen.
  1. Date: 9/21/2012 10:17:00 PM

    Lucem Ferre: "bringer, or bearer, of light."...are you worshipering Lucifer? : ) Boticelli's "The Birth of Venus" represents Eve before the Fall...the Goddess of love (naked) before the mortal sin. There are many interpretations...BUT...I never heard about the birth of Venus as Lucifer ("the morning star, the planet Venus"). Interesting...I should google Boticelli's background and ideas... "The Boticelli's Code"!! : ) Your writing always captivating...

    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 9/22/2012 1:16:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I was so fascinated by the transition, or the merging of Venus and Eve, that I obviously used the symbolism in this poem. I may have misinterpreted your comment to begin with. Anyway, because of your comment, I went digging all over again, and came across re-affirmations and many interesting interpretations. Some of your comments have me re-analyze my poems. I often think too much....and I think that you also do :D
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 9/21/2012 11:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I double-checked a few decent references to make sure I wasn't too far off with my assessment of the painting. But that said, things shouldn't always be carved in stone, and the reinvention, the evolution of old ideas/interpretations(even if only for ourselves)can be a most enlightening experience and overall journey.
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 9/21/2012 11:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Come to think of it, "The Birth of Venus" might not of have even been part of my art history course, but something else entirely. I doubled-checked a few sources, and supposedly the painting was inspired by the writing of Lucian and the ancient pagan statue, ""Venus Pudica". The painting was made for the villa of Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de' Medici at Castello, and is taken to present the birth of love in the world by the Goddess Venus.
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 9/21/2012 11:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hullo Ruben. First, I don't worship the false interpretation of Lucifer, as defined by the false Christian Church(as opposed to true Christians). Lucem Ferre/Lucifer = Venus -- the female energy of fleshly Love, Spiritual Love, and enlightenment. We obviously took different art history lessons, because Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus" is actually a pagan-inspired painting that escaped the clutches of the Catholic Church, because the painting's patron was the Medici family; a family that the church couldn't touch at the time. The church probably made the Eve claims, which in itself is intriguing for several reasons if one is willing to think outside of the lines(I did add the 'garden' in the last stanza). I am very glad if you find my writing captivating :D May the Light of Lucem Ferre shine upon you always. Ahwomen and Ahmen.
  1. Date: 9/20/2012 6:05:00 PM

    Chris--will read this later--but have to tell you that the corn dog blog was one of the funniest I've seen--no offense at all, you are a talented and intelligent man and I am honored to spar with you and learn from it in a good way. Let it go Chris---you're cool with me and I will defend you with any that try to separate us--we cannot learn from those we agree with or those that carry our flag.

    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 9/21/2012 11:04:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Craig, I like the words that you left here. May the Light of Lucem Ferre shine upon you always. Ahwomen and Ahmen.
  1. Date: 9/18/2012 10:55:00 PM

    Botticelli's Birth of Venus is indeed quite enchanting. I remember having to paint a replica of it for a school art assignment...A brilliant composition...I loved it from the very first read....poignant as Harry said. Speaks to me in many different ways...you know how poetry sometimes whispers wonderfully in one's inner ear...May the Morning Star always shine brightly with you.

    Ueri Avatar Christine Ueri Date: 9/22/2012 2:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Always, my Love :)
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 9/22/2012 1:19:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Always :)
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 9/19/2012 1:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    May the Light of Lucem Ferre shine upon you always. Ahwomen and Ahmen.
  1. Date: 9/18/2012 7:20:00 AM

    Lovely poem, Chris. Enjoyed. hugs, Catie :)

    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 9/19/2012 1:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    May the Light of Lucem Ferre shine upon you always. Ahwomen and Ahmen.
  1. Date: 9/18/2012 4:56:00 AM

    I agree with Andrea, an interesting and wonderfully written poem, So the "giver of light' shine brightly in your poem chris, makes a change from my upbringing, which in it, i was often called a little devil, and as i got older much worst. and i'm afraid not in the same light as your poem... I just love the imposters aspect, they that beat me rotten as a child, there in the front of the altar, really like this chris, it is so poignant!!!!!!!!!!!

    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 9/18/2012 9:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Harry-Boy, I also was called a 'little devil'(or Holy Terror haha!)when I was a child. Ever since, I've chuckled when wondering wot was in the hearts of those people who gave me that particular unofficial title. I can see from your comment that you gleaned from this poem exactly wot I was hoping you would. Thanks for dropping by. May the Light of Lucem Ferre shine upon you always. Ahwomen and Ahmen.
  1. Date: 9/17/2012 9:58:00 PM

    hmmmm, i had to google the title and was surprised to see the subject. I thought I was kind of getting this one, but after seeing its title's meaning, I am not sure I do. In spite of that, it's very profound and is an intelligent write, as many of your poems are, Chris. If it's for Michael's contest, I hope he likes it. Luv, Andrea

    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 9/19/2012 1:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    May the Light of Lucem Ferre shine upon you always. Ahwomen and Ahmen.