Adonis and Aphrodite

Adonis and Aphrodite


You are my Adonis;

rippling, marble body

perfect in its beauty.

I am hardly Aphrodite –

more like Medusa –

withering stares turning everyone to stone.


But you,

master of perfection,

your gaze shatters my stone prison –

makes me feel like that Goddess who loved Adonis and no other

without heartache for losing him

after warning him not to hunt one day.

Just one day.


Like I beg you to be careful

when you do what you do when you do what you do.

I am forever fretting that I will weep over your broken body one day, too.


That would kill me.


For the little resemblance my face holds to Hers,

I am nothing like her, at all, in immortality.

But you –

you are Adonis in every way but name

and I shall play your fool –

divine comedy –

Aphrodite in my dreams,

or in the forest,

anywhere you rest your beautiful head.

R. L. Elke

© Aug 5/17 prompt 15

2 thoughts on “Adonis and Aphrodite

  1. The extreme standard of beauty is indeed mythological in this one. I remembering holding someone up on a pedestal and a sad ending. Thank you for this reworking of the myth.

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