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

About FV Everleigh

FV Everleigh is a queer preacher’s kid in Los Angeles. After years as an award winning Christian rock star, FV toured the globe producing acclaimed burlesque shows for world famous stripper Michelle L’amour. They eventually moved into John Wayne’s favorite New Orleans brothel and adopted the last name of the Everleigh Sisters who ran an opulent Chicago bordello in 1900. In addition to training at UCLA, Roadmap Writers and the Writing Pad Television Certificate Program, his scripts have placed in the ScreenCraft, Roadmap and Inroads Fellowship competitions. Twenty years surrounded by sex-positive women, outré artists and circus misfits has informed FV’s sexually subversive, morally murky, visually yummy stories where the marginalized always win...eventually.
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