Nascita di Venere, Sandro Botticelli, c. 1484–1486, Uffizzi, Florence

The Greek poet Hesiod derived Aphrodite’s name (Ἀφροδίτη) from white sea foam (λευκὸς ἀφρὸς) produced by her father’s severed testicles after they were cast into the sea off Cythera. (Wikipedia)

The wind is fair, and tides of sunlit foam
Engage, immesh, retreat and flash again
In liquid foray, like embattled men.
This pulse…

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