To Aphrodite Summakhia

Ariana Dawnhawk

This is the side of You
that I know best, yet least expect –
not reclining languorously
(that comes later, perhaps)
but fierce,
armed and armored
one of Those who know
“all’s fair.”

“Desire itself is a weapon”
a friend of mine once said.

I think of you
when I see the scratches on my lover’s back
and on mine.

Love is not always gentle,
and this too is beauty.



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