Friday, July 20, 2007

Adonis Squares Off Against the Boar

This painting by Waterhouse tells the story of Adonis' past, present and future. In the background is his mother, changed into a Myrrh tree to escape her father's wrath. In the foreground, anemones which will be created by Aphrodite's tears at his death. And the central focus, Aphrodite and Adonis. Aphrodite warns, begs, pleads for Adonis to have a care, to guard his life if only for her sake. But Adonis, who fears nothing because he loves nothing, goes on his reckless way.

Full of life
laughter at the gods
Fate is now.

Hey baby in the back of his daddy's car
can't fight kismet
consequences be damned.

reckless and rash
falls headlong and
The hapless Aphrodite
never quite got that
her Adonis only came equipped
With a Teflon heart.

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