Paphia’s Pearls – excerpt from “The Seed”

Paphia’s Pearls

The Pearls of Aphrodite, Herbert James Draper (1863 – 22 September 1920)

The Pearls of Aphrodite,
Herbert James Draper (1863 – 22 September 1920)

How be She unclad
If clothed
In the raiment of our devotion?
Veiled in mystery
Kept in secrecy
Yet disclosed, a master
Generous without equal?
In Her hand,
A mirror, silver and ornate
Forgiveness
Reflecting our precious Moon
In Her hair,
an ivory comb
The humility compelled by respect
Upon Her neck,
Pearls in seven rows, Virtues
Each a Poet,
A Saint,
A Feast,
A memory made from bits of sea
Aretic ideals
Beauty’s Knights

The pearl necklace that hung around the neck of statues of Paphia represent the Virtues exemplified by various Poets and Saints of Cyprianism.

 

 

Paphia in Pearls (and Cyprian Mermaid Shift) photo by Don Spiro

Paphia in Pearls
(and Cyprian Mermaid Shift)
photo by Don Spiro

Her Pearls photo by Don Spiro

Her Pearls
photo by Don Spiro

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About frankyvivid

Franky Vivid is a poet and burlesque producer from Chicago. He is married to burlesque star Michelle L’amour, with whom he co-founded the international literary salon Naked Girls Reading in 2009. For four years he was the curator of the Everleigh Social Club in Chicago, an experiment in using Cyprianism to inform the operation of a private arts club. Vivid is a Freemasonic Knight Templar and founder of Paradise Garden #7. For more on Cyprianism and a continuing discussion about elements of The Seed and its underlying Philosophy and Practice, visit him at www.cyprianism.com.
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