Jordan Legaspi

(24 July 1978 / Davao City, Philippines)

After Platonic love (/)


After Platonic love

Counting the hours; waiting for the exact moment
Tick tack tick -the clock's lifeless sentiment
Pressing my ears against the noise of silence
In search of amity to comprehend that once unheeding voice
-though of the divine, but spoken with vulgarity.

Loosing the spirit against the chaise of yesteryears' pain
And another hour had passed, another defeat it seems
Laying on my bed with obscure thoughts -devious scale
Of what to attend to, neither the plea nor the promise of fill
-the malicious appetite of my flesh's pungency.

Staring at the space through its elusive differences:
Of man's nudity and of the soul's nakedness
Seeing then the guilt, thus, so consummate in appearance
Host of the fancy -coated symposium, my own designed frenzy
-the stories of reason against emotion; of godly against cruelty.



Note: The "After Platonic love" is inspired by Plato's "The Symposium", and was composed from 28 December 2009 AD. to 02 January 2010 AD.

Platonic love, in its modern popular sense, is a non-sexual affectionate relationship. A simple example of Platonic relationships is a deep, non-sexual friendship, not subject to gender pairings and including close relatives.
At the same time, this interpretation is a misunderstanding of the nature of the Platonic ideal of love which from its origin was that of a chaste but passionate love, based not on lack of erotic interest but on spiritual transmutation of the sex force, opening up vast expanses of subtler enjoyments than sex.
In its original Platonic form, this love was meant to bring the lovers closer to wisdom and the Platonic Form of Beauty. It is described in depth in Plato's Phaedrus and Symposium, where the examples given refer exclusively to the love between a man and a boy. In the Phaedrus, it is said to be a form of divine madness that is a gift from the gods, and that its proper expression is rewarded by the gods in the afterlife; in the Symposium, the method by which love takes one to the form of beauty and wisdom is detailed.

Submitted: Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Edited: Monday, March 11, 2013

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