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Robert J. Lindley, 10-10-2020
Cinquain, Sonnet, Cinquain
(CSC)... three of three
Final poem in series
 
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Total number of words:130

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IN SEASON
Cupid's story about true love
MARK MOLLDREM In Season Feb 13, 2017  

Cupid has been domesticated. Originally, a strapping youth of marriageable age (with wings, bow and arrow), this classical god (Cupid, son of Venus, in Latin; Eros, son of Aphrodite, in Greek) has degenerated into a cutsie child (sometimes diapered, yet with wings, bow and arrow) to sentimentalize greetings of affection on Valentine’s Day cards. A person who falls in love says, “I have been struck with Cupid’s arrow.”

The ancient story of Cupid reveals a deep truth about our humanity. The story itself swirls around a jealous mother. The goddess Venus despises what the human woman Psyche has done to her divine reputation. Because everyone is fawning over the ravishing beauty of Psyche, worship in the temples of Venus has declined and the grounds have deteriorated. In jealous anger, Venus recruits the skills of her son, Cupid, to punish Psyche.

“Use your power and make the hussy fall madly in love with the vilest and most despicable creature there is in the whole world” (as reported by Apuleius, second-century CE writer of Roman tales). However, the god of love himself fell hopelessly in love with Psyche as soon as he saw her. The story takes many twists and turns due to intimidated men who could only admire Psyche from a distance (none having the courage to ask for her hand in marriage), an oracle’s instruction on how to get a husband, and a rescue by the gentle Zephyr wind.

In what seems like a strange relationship, Cupid draws Psyche into his mansion, but will only be with her at night when she cannot look upon him. She rests comfortably in this until her sisters visit her and with jealousy in their hearts question what kind of a man this must be. Psyche determines to look upon him at night with a lamp in hand, even though Cupid warned her that this would bring only great disappointment. When Cupid woke upon her presence with the lamp, he immediately fled, saying, “Love cannot live where there is no trust.”

 

However, this is Cupid, god of love, and the story will have its happy ending eventually. After mean mother Venus inflicts several trials upon Psyche while she searches relentlessly for Cupid, they are finally reunited. Cupid himself had been longing for Psyche and took steps (or in his case, flight) to see that nothing would get in their way again. He flew to Mount Olympus and prevailed upon Jupiter to make Psyche immortal so they could be united forever. She was given the ambrosia (elixir of the gods) to drink and everyone was happy ever after, including Venus.

A dramatic turning point in this story occurred when Psyche broke her trust in Cupid. She had experienced great comfort and peace by his side at night even though she could not see him. When this was not enough, she lost him. Trust is a vital aspect of love because love is a mystery and we can never know everything about the beloved. Love accepts that enough can be known to trust the rest into the arms of the beloved. To demand more is to betray that which drew one into the loving relationship in the first place. Also, as more may indeed be surprisingly revealed—like your husband has wings on his shoulders which could be seen with the lit lamp—love will be able to see through that to the core person with whom one is in love. In this sense, love is not blind, but demonstrates is power in the full light of disclosure—warts (or wings) and all!

But, even more philosophically profound as to the nature of humanity—for the story of the gods is really the story of humanity: the soul (psyche) is not complete without love. As Edith Hamilton, renowned interpreter of classical civilization, concludes about this story, “Love (Cupid) and the soul (‘psyche’ is the Greek word for the soul) belong together in an inseparable union.”

 

The capacity to love and be loved is a great, if not the greatest, gift of our humanity. It defines us as truly human beyond the capacity of a rock or a mollusk. How are you valuing and exercising your capacity to love and be loved at this time in your life?

French novelist, Albert Camus, comments with a poignant play on words, “Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.” Ancient myths about the gods and Mount Olympus are imaginative fabrications that express truths we live out on earth. Your life is not a fiction, nor is it a lie. What truth about love are you living out for real? This is more than a Valentine’s Day question.

(Mark J. Molldrem is a writer, community volunteer, and daily host of Joy in the Morning on WBEV. He lives in Beaver Dam with his wife, Shirley. WordPowerSolutions@gmail.com)

(*********************************) Beautiful Scenes, Golden Gifts True Love Brought, third poem of three. True-love ... Depths that heart swells, longings that birth hot flames night-gems, true eternal treasures True-love. With desires born, heart wedding sweet love dreams songs, a most eager spirit dares sing, heart swelled so near to bursting at its seams gems of life's most precious of renderings. The beauty of true heart, its greatest song scenes of gasping nights and her hottest kiss, love with joyous fervor that brought along sensual heat and most heavenly bliss. She that beauty's sharpest eyes sets apart a rare gift that mortal longing desires, for nothing greater rewards seeking heart and nothing on earth lights hotter fires. Goddess, both rejoicing in love-born fires. United by love that never expires. Soft-touch ... kiss that invites concupiscence, and more nights, hot waves of raging desires Soft-touch. Robert J. Lindley, 10-10-2020 Cinquain, Sonnet, Cinquain (CSC)... three of three Final poem in series Syllables per line: 0 2 4 6 8 2 0 10 10 10 10 0 10 10 10 10 0 10 10 10 10 0 10 10 0 2 4 6 8 2 Total number of syllables:184 Total number of words:128

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Date: 10/13/2020 6:31:00 PM
My dear friend, with a soft-touch and passionate ink, you poetically sear hearts and souls with the 'sensual heat and most heavenly bliss' that spills from your golden pen. An exceptional presentation, Robert, your rich poetry and poet's note is beautiful in depth and breadth. Thoughtful and inspiring, as always! Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
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Susan Ashley
Date: 10/14/2020 6:02:00 PM
I agree with you, my dear friend.. most modern poetry that I read can leave me cold for lack of passion and color. To me, most of it seems lukewarm and light gray at best... it all seems so matter of fact.. I want more, if I'm investing my time to read such works.. :)
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Robert Lindley
Date: 10/14/2020 3:13:00 PM
Thank you my friend. What is sad is that poetry--meaningful poetry is today not given its due, imho. Modern poetry critics have vilified such that presents deeper ideas, thoughts, insight, revelations- in favor of garner a much great mass of readers and writers. One can add too much seasoning and too little stock to the stew. And nobody wants to ask for second helpings. Poetry needs to go back to honoring its foundations, imho. God bless..
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Susan Ashley
Date: 10/14/2020 7:33:00 AM
Dear Robert, your reply to my comments: "This third poem of the series passed through the eye of the heart's golden needle and was smoothly burnished by the soul's hottest flame." - is so beautifully poetic and so very vivid :)) Thank you for your inspiring response.
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Robert Lindley
Date: 10/14/2020 3:36:00 AM
Thank you my friend. Always a pleasure to receive your comments on my new creations. This third poem of the series passed through the eye of the heart's golden needle and was smoothly burnished by the soul's hottest flame...God bless...
Date: 10/12/2020 4:30:00 PM
Another wonderful write, full of conviction and shadowy passion ... I love your word-choice and phrasing here, Roberto, and the building tension that leaves one wanting for more. Much work of dedication and intent, and so much to absorb and appreciate - as always, thank you for sharing your gifts with us mere mortals! A favorite for me - blessings, Brother! :o) - the bard
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Robert Lindley
Date: 10/13/2020 6:13:00 PM
Thank you my friend. Although a joy to compose , this trilogy of new creation and form may not be repeated. As I had hoped it would be better received and understood. Biggest factor tho may be time, as now, I am truly hellbent on finishing up the many, many poem fragments I have built up over these last few decades.
Date: 10/12/2020 9:26:00 AM
Another masterful Cinquain, dear Robert. Breathtakingly beautiful~ Elaine
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Robert Lindley
Date: 10/13/2020 6:09:00 PM
Thank you my friend. This was a new concept and thus a joy to compose.. God bless..
Date: 10/10/2020 6:13:00 PM
"But, even more philosophically profound as to the nature of humanity—for the story of the gods is really the story of humanity: the soul (psyche) is not complete without love. As Edith Hamilton, renowned interpreter of classical civilization, concludes about this story, “Love (Cupid) and the soul (‘psyche’ is the Greek word for the soul) belong together in an inseparable union.”
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Robert Lindley
Date: 10/11/2020 4:30:00 AM
The greatest reward of love is in ones giving , not in one receiving. Sad reality is so many never see or find that truism, imho.. God bless..
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Robert Lindley
Date: 10/11/2020 4:28:00 AM
One needs to study Greek philosophers and strive to search deeper into ourselves as we as poets seek to offer deeper revelations to all of humanity and in so doing find the true light ourselves.
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Robert Lindley
Date: 10/11/2020 4:24:00 AM
Thank you my friend. Reality is we oft never know the true measure of our love until we face the possibility of losing one we truly and so very deeply love. Such tests ones soul and demands we reinforce our resolve to fight to save the one we love.. God bless..
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Date: 10/10/2020 6:14:00 PM
"The capacity to love and be loved is a great, if not the greatest, gift of our humanity. It defines us as truly human beyond the capacity of a rock or a mollusk. How are you valuing and exercising your capacity to love and be loved at this time in your life?"
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Lady Labyrinth
Date: 10/10/2020 6:13:00 PM
but the clincher to the deal is ....Camus, “Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.” Brilliantly constructed and logically processed. Love this one Lindley, pure genius. Cupid and Psyche start with Self first, for without that union, there is no balanced way of investing Love in another's soul. Leanne x
Date: 10/10/2020 2:23:00 PM
Might have to rename you Professor Poet BoB. Y ou have dubbed and hit this verse right on. Of course always enjoy your works thank you for sharing and educating, Be blessed Write On! James
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Robert Lindley
Date: 10/11/2020 4:18:00 AM
Thank you my friend. This trilogy was a labor of poetic love for me. While composing I realised that love of family we oft take for granted, should never be taken that way............. Life is far too brief. Love far too strong. Loss far to painful. Dawn,s promise is its sweet song.. God bless..
Date: 10/10/2020 11:55:00 AM
Very informative notes with your brilliant sonnet Robert., you always deliver a stunning presentation. Tom
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Robert Lindley
Date: 10/11/2020 4:14:00 AM
Thank you my friend. Truth is love is the mightiest power man has.. In that one may sacrifice ALL to serve it. Even giving up life itself if need be. God bless..