↪ Erica Reyes - Aphrodite
Unsurpassed goddess, with love and awe I greet you.
Sea-green are your eyes, luminous and fathomless;
flawless is your form. O wondrous Aphrodite,
of water were you born, in water we know you—
in soft waves of pleasure, in torrents of desire,
in salt tears of lost love, in salt sweat at love’s end.
So sweet your gifts, goddess, unbearably sweet,
so sharp their agony, so thin the line between.
For love that fills the soul; for life-giving passion;
for pure, clear, beautiful lust-maddened hearts;
for solace and hope; for love’s comfort and terror:
O Aphrodite, for your blessings I thank you.
So that’s my refrain; I live in hell, ‘cause I’ve been expelled from heaven.
I saw her die. She was dead for a day and night before they stripped her naked and threw her body in the river. Raymund opened her throat from ear to ear. She was dead. “She don’t speak, you bloody bastards cut her throat too deep for that. But she remembers.”