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An Ancient Love Tale
by Birgit and Roger Pratcher

Sunday, February 12, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Since this is the time of love, here is the ancient tale of the love between Cupid and Psyche

An Ancient Love Tale

Aphrodite was her name,

Men and love were her favorite game

Gave birth to many children of love

Received by lovers many

Could not recall them all, if any

One of the children was her favorite one

Cupid was his name; he was the most handsome son

Aphrodite was a Goddess with many emotions

Which she seldom controlled in all her motions

When a Kingís daughter was worshipped and loved

For her beauty so fair,

Aphrodite decided with a snare

To punish the child so innocent and humble

By having her married to the landís worst dumble

Psyche was the name of the child, so beautiful and humble indeed,

Never understood for all the attention the need.

The goddess sent out her son Cupid with the task

He knew better than for her motives to ask

When he laid his eyes on the beautiful girl

His conscious stirred, his heart began to swirl

He could not punish the beauty he saw there

He decided to keep her to himself forever

As his secretly devoted wife in a hideout

Deep in the woods, no one knew about,

He built her a palace and only visited after dark

Making her think that he was ugly as an old treeís bark

For years they lived happy in the dark and by night

Never one of them started a quarrel or fight

Until one day psyche the beauty was sick and longing for

Her sisters and family and friends and more

So Cupid allowed for her sisters to come and see

That she loved this life on her own will, free

His beloved while he was gone out

Jealous they were and therefore did shout

He is a danger, you need to get out!

The next night they met, she waited for him to sleep

So undisturbed, happy and deep

And turned on the light to see

What kind of ugly danger he could be

But then she could tell by his gentle face

Full of beauty and grace

That he was a god, the king of her heart

But the word was out, she had not been smart

Aphrodite had her abducted and the very next day

Held her a prisoner, like a slave I dare say

While Cupid was searching high and low and under

The shrub, trees and blunder

For his beloved wife who he missed

The one who so dearly he always had kissed

In the end he asked the Godfather Zeus to help out

Which he did because the young God was so distraught

Aphrodite gave in and decided at last

She should just love young Psyche and cast

A spell of everlasting love for her son

And his beautiful bride, whose happiness now begun

Forgiven the sin of her beauty and the attention it will draw

A devoted wife and daughter in law

Psyche became and lived happy without shame

As a Godís wife, like a Goddess the same.

By Birgit and Roger Pratcher
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Copyright © February 2006


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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 9/11/2007
Thank you for sharing this poetic trip down "love" lane; quite a tale indeed. Love and best wishes to you,

Reviewed by Peter Paton 4/5/2006
Birgit and Roger
This is absolutely gorgeous...
I love it..
I agree with Eileen below completely, a keeper for the archives..
The graphic is stunning !
Reviewed by Janet Bellinger 3/16/2006
This ode would make a great companion to the original one, in a secondary school classroom. So many students are turned off by archaic verse.

Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 2/16/2006
Very well done! I love mythology!
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 2/13/2006
Thanks for a refreshing review of Psyche and Cupid.
Loved it!
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 2/13/2006
Quite an epic poetic tale; Well Done!
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 2/12/2006
A wonderful story told with such mastery. A perfect choice for the upcoming holiday. Great job!!
Take care,
Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/12/2006
You guys did a beautiful compsition with this poem!A keeper for sure!Thanks for sharing!...

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 2/12/2006
Roger and Birgit,

Very beautiful to read this evening; nice job, you two! BRAVO! BRAVA!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/12/2006
Birgit and Roger,

Beautifully penned Ode to Love. :)

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 2/12/2006
Well, hell, you done gone and made me all blibbery and . . . sniff, sniff, watery-eyed, ye shrew you! Fantastic writing. Good. Liked it. Uh huh. Sho did. Know-whot-I-men-jellybean?
Reviewed by Felix Perry 2/12/2006
Now this is one I will set aside to tell my granddaughters as a sweet bedtime story when they are a little older. Even in this crazy hustle and bustle new century true love stories with happy endings are too few. Well written and lovely.

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