Joseph S. Josephides

Aphrodite And Li Bai

The wine with its grace
purifies my grief.
When in bed, the two candlesticks
are the flames of your very eyes.
I fetch down a cloud as a pillow,
the sky I lower as my coverlet.

Bare bosom you entered my dream
(no, it’s not a dream, I said) Aphrodite
then you pull me up to dance with,
young for ever, vertical and horizontal;
in the end you award me a price,
the fragrant juice of your beauty,
to get me drunk on your other table.

Let it go, let this world pass and go,
all sensible but ignorant men, who live on
vinegar and dry bread holding a compass;
let us dream alone what they cannot.
Here, a jar of pure wine of love
opens wide the gate of the space,
and the spout to flow chaste honey
and purling water, a life transparent,
which the others cannot discover
in the vaporous glory of their life.

Poem Submitted: Sunday, September 7, 2008

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  • Nora Eason (9/27/2008 7:16:00 PM)

    another great poem. Good job

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  • Bob Blackwell (9/27/2008 7:34:00 AM)

    This is wonderful poetry, the phrasing the metaphors are perfect. Thank you Bob

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  • Mehedi Faysal (9/26/2008 1:53:00 PM)

    i like these lines: -
    'Bare bosom you entered my dream
    (no, it’s not a dream, I said) Aphrodite
    then you pull me up to dance with,
    young for ever, vertical and horizontal;
    in the end you award me a price,
    the fragrant juice of your beauty,
    to get me drunk on your other table. '
    -so brilliant....as writer

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  • Bob Gibson (9/24/2008 1:32:00 AM)

    Never! never! have i related to to words such as yours! `
    you have grabbed, taken, enslaved my being

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  • Donna NimmoDonna Nimmo (9/23/2008 12:11:00 PM)

    You write so beautiful, you have a great talent with words. This poem is lovely. Hugs, Donna

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  • Alison Cassidy (9/22/2008 7:23:00 PM)

    A sumptuous romantic poem with a sweetly erotic dimension that never offends. Your great love of language shines through your words. love, Allie ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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  • Sathyanarayana M V SSathyanarayana M V S (9/20/2008 11:20:00 AM)

    thickly knitted descriptive poem...wonderfully crafted...very very good poetry indeed.

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  • Harry Bryant (9/17/2008 12:31:00 AM)

    nicely written, and what dreams you must have, I bet they are just terrific, you express them very well keep up the great work. Harry

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  • Allan Macli BorgesAllan Macli Borges (9/16/2008 1:00:00 AM)

    you're great! i have so much to learn with you!

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  • Andrew mark Wilkinson (9/15/2008 6:51:00 AM)

    Yes it's got that classical touch...

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  • Indira Babbellapati (9/15/2008 6:06:00 AM)

    it's like reading a classical poet...you are one, indeed!

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